Call for Papers

Special Issue on Immigration and Crime

Edited by Robert M. Adelman, Charis Kubrin, Graham Ousey, Lesley Williams Reid

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Migration Letters invites contributions for a special issue on crime, law, and justice studies related to immigration. A renewed interest in immigration and crime has emerged with the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President and as European countries continue to deal with immigration, generally, and refugees, specifically. As a result, many nations are re-working their immigration policies often because of a supposed link between immigration and crime. This is despite the large body of research that has shown little support for the assumption that increases in immigration are associated with increases in crime.

Thus, there is a renewed imperative for research that examines the association between immigration and sociolegal processes. In this special issue, we seek to bring together a set of articles that addresses how immigration affects, and is affected by, crime and the law. For example, topics could include the victimization of immigrants, human rights issues, the impact of public policies on immigrant families and communities as they relate to crime and the law, among many others. Papers from this rapidly growing area of scholarship can be based in any discipline and can deal with any aspect of immigration, crime, and the law. Empirical (quantitative, qualitative, or mixed), theoretical, and policy-oriented papers are welcome.

Migration Letters is an international peer-reviewed journal publishing short accounts of research, reviews, debates, viewpoints, and case studies on migration. It also showcases scholarship and builds connections across the distinctive field of migration studies. All submissions are subject to double-blind peer review.

Migration Letters invites papers from all disciplines including Anthropology, Demography, Economics, Forced Migration Studies, Geography, History, Psychology, Political Science, Law, Public Health, International Relations, and Sociology. The journal welcomes research that is anchored in a discipline while also engaging across disciplinary boundaries with other migration researchers. Contributions to this special issue should comply with the author guidelines and respect the word limits of the Journal.
Papers submitted must be original scholarly pieces and follow the submission guidelines of the journal:

Anticipated schedule
Submission deadline: 30 June 2017
Notification: 30 August 2017
Final revisions: September - October 2017
Publication date: May 2018
The schedule is subject to revisions.

Please forward your queries and submissions directly to one of the Special Issue Editors:
Robert M. Adelman, University at Buffalo, SUNY (
Charis Kubrin, University of California Irvine (
Graham Ousey, College of William & Mary (
Lesley Williams Reid, University of Alabama (

Chief Editor:
Ibrahim Sirkeci, Regent’s University London, UK (
Jeffrey H. Cohen, Ohio State University
Elli Heikkila, Migration Institute of Finland
Carla De Tona, Migration Letters

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