Migration Research Leaders' Syndicate

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IOM has invited the world’s leading migration researchers to join in sharing their expertise and knowledge in support of the 2018 global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration. We have designed the Syndicate to take into account a range of factors, including the ambitious timeframe set for the global compact for migration, the wealth of expertise of leading academic and applied researchers working on a wide range of migration topics, and the substantial body of migration research and analysis currently existing globally that could usefully support global compact for migration processes. With this in mind, we are asking Syndicate members to contribute in ways that reflect their leadership in migration research, their busy schedules and ongoing commitments.

As a first step, we asked Syndicate members to provide their ‘top three reads’ to inform discussions and negotiations ahead of the global compact for migration. In other words, we have asked Syndicate members: “If you had the chance to provide only three pieces of research and analysis on aspects of (un)safe, (dis)orderly and (ir)regular migration to policymakers, what would they be?” A workshop was also held in late September with Syndicate members and advisors to refine ideas on some of the most complex and pressing issues in international migration today (please see link on the right-hand side of the page for more information). A final publication comprising Syndicate members' contributions was later launched during IOM's 108th Council, in November 2017.

In providing this important platform, IOM is striving for geographic and thematic diversity, with a focus on objectivity, neutrality and non-partisanship. Importantly, the views expressed by members of the Syndicate do not necessarily reflect those of IOM or any of its member states. 


(in surname alphabetical order)
Please note that this webpage is being updated regularly.


Associate Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Md Mizanur Rahman’s recommended top three reads:

  1. "Gendering Migrant Remittances: Evidence from Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates" by Md Mizanur Rahman (2012)

  2. "Migrant Indebtedness: Bangladeshis in the GCC Countries" by Md Mizanur Rahman (2013)

  3. "Immigration and Integration Policy in Singapore" by Md Mizanur Rahman (2017)



Chair in Migration Studies and Deputy Director, Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute

Martin Ruhs' recommended top three reads:

  1. "Realistic and Idealistic Approaches to the Ethics of Migration" by Joseph Carens (1996)
  2. "Merchants of Labor: Recruiters and International Labor Migration" by Philip Martin (2017)
  3. "The Price of Rights: Regulating International Labor Migration" by Martin Ruhs (2013)


Head, Center of Social Demography, Institute of Socio-Political Research, Russian Academy of Sciences; Professor, Head, Department of Demographic and Migration Policy, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University)

Sergey Ryazantsev's recommended top three reads:

  1. "Emigration from Russia: New Trends and Forms" by  V. A. Iontsev, S. V. Ryazantsev and S. V. Iontseva (2016)
  2. "Russia Needs a New Migration Policy" by Sergey Ryazantsev (2013)
  3. "Labour Migration from Central Asia to Russia in the Context of the Economic Crisis" by Sergey Ryazantsev (2016)


Professor Emeritus, Geography; Professional Teaching Fellow, University of Sussex

Ronald Skeldon‘s recommended top three reads:

  1. Material produced by the Migration Policy Institute in Washington (http://www.migrationpolicy.org/) and the Migration Observatory in Oxford (http://www.migrationobservatory.ox.ac.uk/)
  2. "Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas" by David Scott FitzGerald and David Cook-Martin (2014)
  3. "Empires and Barbarians: Migration, Development and the Birth of Europe" by Peter Heather (2009)


Director, Cultural Pluralism Research Area, Global Governance Programme, European University Institute

Anna Triandafyllidou’s recommended top three reads:

  1. "From Eastern Enlargement to Jihad: The Double Challenge for Migrant Integration in Europe" by Anna Triandafyllidou (2017)
  2. "Europe 2020: Addressing Low Skill Labour Migration at Times of Fragile Recovery" by Anna Triandafyllidou and Sabrina Marchetti (2014)
  3. "EU Management of High Skill Migration" by Anna Triandafyllidou and Irina Isaakyan (2014)


Founding President, the Egyptian Society for Migration Studies (EGYMIG); Adjunct Professor, The American University in Cairo (AUC)

Ayman Zohry’s recommended top three reads:

  1. "Escaping the Escape: Toward Solutions for the Humanitarian Migration Crisis" by Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.) (2017) 
  2. "Migration from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe: Past Developments, Current Status and Future Potentials" by Michael Bommes, Heinz Fassmann and Wiebke Sievers (eds.) (2014)
  3. "2015 Situation Report on International Migration, Displacement and Development in a Changing Arab Region" by UN-ESCWA and IOM (2015)