Migration Research Series

The Migration Research Series focuses on policy-oriented and empirical research and analysis with the aim to contribute to a better understanding of the multidimensional aspects of migration and inform migration policies at the national, regional and international levels.

All publications are freely available online in IOM Online Bookstore, thereby ensuring a wide reach and impact among policymakers, as well as practitioners, scholars, researchers and students interested in issues related to migration.

Submission criteria and process

IOM welcomes submissions of papers on any policy-relevant issue related to migration and migrants (empirical research desirable). Papers should be of a maximum of 4,000 words, follow the style guide and be submitted in Word format by email to research@iom.int referring to ‘MRS submission’ in the subject line. All submitted papers will be sent to peer reviewers and IOM will endeavor to give authors a final decision on publication within a two-month timeframe after submission.

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Searching for Clarity: Defining and mapping youth migration

Authored by Martina Belmonte and Simon McMahon, this Migration Research Series paper offers a review of the available evidence and data on youth migration in order to take a step towards greater clarity in research and policymaking. A review of the available research on youth migration is undertaken with a view to setting out its main characteristics and drivers before turning to a mapping of migration of young people around the world in light of available data. The conclusions summarize the main characteristics of youth migration, looking into future scenarios and paving the way for further research.