Special Issue (Autumn 2020)


Revisiting Migration in International Relations

Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. M. Murat ERDOĞAN

Uluslararası İlişkiler is pleased to announce a special issue on “Revisiting Migration in International Relations”.

Whether human movement across borders is voluntary or compulsory, it is increasingly affecting societies and local and international politics. There are currently 270 million immigrants and over 70 million displaced people (asylum seekers/refugees) in the world, and their numbers are growing exponentially. Immigration and uncontrollable human movement have become serious security issues, particularly in Western societies, since the end of the Cold War.

As increasingly important actors, Immigrants and refugees thus constitute important research topics for scholars of International Relations. These actors have become both sources of serious tension but also examples of how states can cooperate in the international arena. International Relations scholars are thus studying how new border understandings, as well as securitization and externalization approaches, can shed light on this complex phenomenon.

In this context, the journal of Uluslararası İlişkiler (International Relations) is issuing a call for papers that will analyze the recent changes in migration and refugee-related topics in international relations.

The special issue will include works that investigate recent changes in immigration and refugee policy and critically examine the content, various dimensions, and effects of migratory movements with an analytical framework. Articles that explore immigration experiences from different areas and countries around the world, Turkey-EU relations, new border understandings, securitization of immigration, diaspora creation, human mobility within global and regional balances of power, the role of non-state actors, and foreign policy behavior will be prioritized. Articles dealing with theoretical aspects will be particularly welcomed.

The special issue will only contain articles written in English.

All submissions will be reviewed by two referees.

Papers should be sent directly to the guest editor, M. Murat Erdoğan (

The deadline for the paper submissions is 30 June 2020.