The Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS)

JEMS publishes the results of high-quality, cutting-edge research from across the social science disciplines and addresses themes relating to ethnic relations, diversity and migration.

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Aims and scope of JEMS

The Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS) publishes the results of first-class research on all forms of migration and its consequences, together with articles on ethnic conflict, discrimination, racism, nationalism, citizenship and policies of integration. Contributions to the journal, which are all fully refereed, are especially welcome when they are the result of original empirical research that makes a clear contribution to the field of migration

JEMS has a long-standing interest in informed policy debate and contributions are welcomed which seek to develop the implications of research for policy innovation, or which evaluate the results of previous initiatives. The journal is also interested in publishing the results of theoretical work. Potential contributors may find detailed information on submission on the 'Instructions for Authors' webpage.

All research articles in this journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymised refereeing by at least two anonymous referees.

Any queries should be sent to the Editorial team at



The editorship of JEMS has been based at Sussex for 23 years.  SCMR Director Professor Paul Statham has been Editor-in-Chief since 2013, and a number of SCMR members are involved in the journal as Deputy Editors, Associate Editors, Editorial Assistants and peer reviewers.

We are grateful to the publishers of JEMS, Taylor & Francis, for supporting the SCMR-JEMS Annual Conference and other academic and community activities conducted by SCMR.

Further information about JEMS

  • JEMS editorial team


    Paul Statham Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex, UK

    Deputy Editors

    James Hampshire Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex, UK
    Rahsaan Maxwell University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

    Associate Editors

    Laura Cleton UNU-MERIT (United Nations University) & Maastricht University, The Netherlands.
    Adrian Favell University of Leeds, UK
    Marc Helbling WZB Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, Germany
    Aleksandra Lewicki Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex, UK
    Peggy Levitt Wellesley College, Massachusetts, USA
    Laura Morosanu Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex, UK
    Nicole Ostrand ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo, Norway and Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex, UK
    Merlin Schaeffer University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    Reinhard Schweitzer SCMR University of Sussex; University of Vienna, Austria
    Sarah Scuzzarello Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex, UK
    Bingyu Wang Nankai University, China

    Editorial Board

    Leila Hadj Abdou University of Vienna, Austria, and European University Institute, Italy
    Richard Alba City University of New York, USA
    Joaquín Arango Complutense University, Spain
    Rainer Bauböck European University Institute (EUI), Italy
    Michaela Benson Goldsmiths, UK
    Pieter Bevelander MIM, Malmö University, Sweden
    Erik Bleich Middlebury College, USA
    Rogers Brubaker UCLA, USA
    Jørgen Carling PRIO, Norway
    Elaine Chase University College London Institute of Education, UK
    Susanne Y. P. Choi The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    Michael Collyer University of Sussex, UK
    Ilse Derluyn Ghent University, Belgium
    Antje Ellermann University of British Columbia, Canada
    Marta Bivand Erdal Peace Research Institute Oslo, (PRIO), Norway
    Els de Graauw Baruch College, City University of New York, USA
    Christian Joppke University of Bern, Switzerland
    Irena Kogan University of Mannheim, Germany
    Ruud Koopmans WZB Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, Germany
    Jonathan Laurence Boston College, USA
    Magdalena Nowicka Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
    Eva Østergaard-Nielsen Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
    Yinni Peng Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China
    Katia Pilati University of Trento, Italy
    Sureeporn Punpuing Mahidol University, Thailand
    Mirna Safi Sciences Po, France
    Nando Sigona University of Birmingham, UK
    Ronald Skeldon University of Sussex, UK and Maastricht University, the Netherlands
    Sirijit Sunant Research for Languages and Cultures of Asia, Mahidol, Thailand
    Van C Tran Columbia University, USA
    Roger Waldinger University of California Los Angeles, USA
    Jolanda van der Noll FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany
    Brenda Yeoh National University of Singapore, Singapore
    Min Zhou Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 

  • Submissions to JEMS

    JEMS welcomes articles from a broad range of disciplines related to migration and/or ethnic relations. Individual submissions should be submitted directly to JEMS, not SCMR. Further instructions for authors are on the Taylor & Francis website.

  • Special issue proposals

    JEMS welcomes proposals for Special Issues. Calls for Special Issues will be announced on the 'news, offers and calls for papers' page of the JEMS website.

    Download the guidelines for special issue proposals

    Special Issues are edited by a Guest Editor(s), who are responsible for commissioning papers for the Special Issue, liaising with authors, and arranging for an external peer review for each of the papers. The Guest Editor(s) are also responsible for liaising with the JEMS editorial team and keeping them informed of progress of the Issue according to the milestones set out in the proposal.