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Call For Papers

The Forum on Migration, Trade & the Global Economy offers an innovative platform to stimulate a greater understanding of the intersection between migration and international trade. It will be an academic, high-profile and inclusive opportunity to facilitate constructive dialogue based on the identification of the latest research across disciplines, exploration of institutional experiences and networking among various epistemic and policy communities. Through this call for papers, we invite original research papers as inputs for the discussion at the forum. The research papers will serve to stimulate a greater understanding of the complex linkages between migration, international trade and the global economy. The research papers must attempt to address the topic of migration from a trade perspective with the aim to increase an understanding of the key issues and challenges and to provide input to envisage solutions. The papers may be theoretical or empirical but they must be conceptually innovative and relevant from a policy standpoint. Papers that bring an interdisciplinary perspective are encouraged.

The following themes are of particular interest to the Forum:

  • Migration, labour policy and good governance
    • The effect of international migration on labour market outcomes (employment and wages)
    • The need for migrant-inclusive urban governance
  • Migration and the innovation economy
    • Migration and the transfer of knowledge and technology across borders
    • Linkages between migration and the digital economy, services and technology
  • Migration and regional integration
    • Migration and the scope of regional integration into value chains
    • Migration and the role of small and medium enterprises in Latin America and beyond
  • Migration and the contribution of diaspora communities
    • Remittances as a source of revenue and foreign currency
    • The need to strengthen diaspora networks and increase their engagement with countries of origin
  • Migration and a new vision for development
    • Migration and its implications for international development
    • UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030 with a focus on the migration-trade nexus


  • Deadline for submission of the abstract: 5 September 2017, 11:59 p.m. CET
  • Announcement of selected abstracts: 2 October 2017
  • Deadline for submission of the paper: 31 October 2017, 11:59 p.m. CET
  • Distribution and discussion of final papers at the Forum: 14 December 2017
  • Publication of the papers in a collated volume: March 2018

Benefits of Participation

The papers will be discussed at the Forum in Buenos Aires and published by ICTSD in early 2018 as a collated volume of conference proceedings. The publication will be the first in an annual series on international trade and migration. It will be disseminated and promoted to a wide audience including policymakers and influential stakeholders. A launch will be organised in Geneva targeted at high-level trade policymakers and experts.

Other benefits include:

  • In-depth expert review process aimed towards fine-tuning innovative and solutions-oriented ideas
  • Invitation to participate in ICTSD events to network and further develop interdisciplinary linkages
  • A shortlist of authors will be sponsored to present their findings at the forum in Buenos Aires

Results of the first round of evaluation

The following abstracts have been shortlisted following the first round of evaluation by the peer-review committee:

  • Potential impact of changes in US immigration policies on poverty and food security in Central American countries (Eugenio Diaz Bonilla and Valeria Piñeiro, International Food Policy Research Institute)
  • The trade-migration nexus and regional integration (Flavia Jurje, University of Geneva)
  • Migration movements from Haiti to Brazil after the island’s 2010 earthquake (Karen Alvarenga Windham-Bellord, International Institute for Sustainable Development and Maria Gabriela de Paula e Silva, Law School of Federal University of Minas Gerais)
  • Migration, oil, and regional integration of the MENA countries : New challenges (El Mouhoub Mouhoud, University of Paris Dauphine and Ishac Diwan, Columbia University)
  • Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) and the role of effective governance to address migration-related challenges (Ying-Jun Lin, University of Leicester)
  • Restricting temporary mobility using domestic regulation: Is a generic necessity test needed? (Harjodh Singh, World Intellectual Property Organization)

Please note that the deadline to participate in this call for papers has now passed.

All queries regarding the call for papers should be addressed to Anmol Kaur