Call for abstracts: New knowledge on migration, development and policy

On 25 and 26 June 2024, MIGNEX will host an agenda-setting academic conference at the University of Oxford on the links between migration, development and policy.

We have an open call for abstracts until 31 January 2024.

By Jørgen Carling – Published on

We invite abstracts for an agenda-setting academic conference about the links between migration, development, and policy. Papers should contribute new theoretical or empirical insights on one or more of the following topics:

  • How development affects migration
  • How migration influences development
  • How policy can shape the links between migration and development

The conference marks the end of the MIGNEX project, the largest-ever European-funded research project on migration and development. The project team has collected data on migration and develop­ment in 26 local communities in ten countries across Africa, the Middle East, and Asia and carried out analyses of migration-related policy. The conference combines the presentation of MIGNEX results with insights from other researchers who work on the same overall themes.

All sessions will be plenary. The selection of abstracts will prioritize those that hold the promise of compelling presentations of new insights that make a difference to the field of migration studies. The organizers are examining opportunities for compiling selected papers as proposals for one or two special issues of journals.

There will be no conference fee. Participants must cover their own expenses for travel and accommo­dation. Applicants from low- and middle-income countries may request financial support for their participation.

Abstracts must be submitted via the online form at In addition to an abstract of 200–250 words, you will be asked to give a brief description (up to 50 words) of the new insights that you would want the audience to remember from your presentation.


  • 31 January 2024     Submission of abstracts
  • 15 February 2024    Notification of selection outcome
  • 1 June 2024            Submission of draft papers

Keynote speakers

  • Oliver Bakewell | University of Manchester
  • Mary Boatemaa Setrana | University of Ghana

Scientific committee

  • Carlos Vargas-Silva | University of Oxford
  • Jørgen Carling | Peace Research Institute Oslo | PRIO
  • Mathias Czaika | Danube University Krems
  • Marie Godin | University of Leicester
  • Jessica Hagen-Zanker | ODI
  • Leander Kandilige | University of Ghana
  • Furrukh Khan | Lahore University of Management Sciences
  • Rashid Memon | Qatar University
  • Melissa Siegel | Maastricht University
  • Ayşen Üstübici | Koç University


25-26 June 2024


Wolfson College, University of Oxford

Host institution

Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford

The MIGNEX project

The project's official name is Aligning Migration Management and the Migration-Development Nexus. It is carried out by a consortium of nine institutions, coordinated by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and led by Jørgen Carling. MIGNEX has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 770453. See for more information about the project, its publications, and data.

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