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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


Interested authors are requested to submit a 500-word abstract in English structured as follows:

  1. Clear outline of research question
  2. Contribution to existing literature
  3. Proposed methodology
  4. Preliminary results and policy relevance
  5. Principal references may be included

The abstract must be submitted by completing this form and emailing in PDF format to before 31 August 2017, 11:59 p.m. CET.

The abstracts will be evaluated by a specially assembled committee of independent experts in the fields of international migration, development and trade. Selected authors will then work towards submitting a draft that will be reviewed by the expert committee and forum organisers. The final paper is expected to be approximately 5000 words long.


  • Deadline for submission of the abstract: 31 August 2017, 11:59 p.m. CET
  • Announcement of selected abstracts: 25 September 2017
  • Deadline for submission of the paper: 23 October 2017
  • 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

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