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Working papers

The LSE MSU is proud to host the following papers:

Working Paper Author Title
2012/03 Hobolth, Mogens  Researching Mobility Barriers: The European Visa Database|
2012/02 Schulzek, Nina  The impact of welfare systems on immigration: An analysis of welfare magnets as a pull-factor for asylum seekers and labour migrants|
2012/01 De Somer, Marie Enhanced competences for the European Court of Justice: "Re-shuffling" the dynamics of EU migration policy-making?|
2011/14 Thielemann, Eiko  How effective are migration and non-migration policies that affect forced migration?|
2011/13 Bagameri, Daniel Changing integration policy towards third-country nationals in the European Union: Language and knowledge of society tests in the Member States|
2011/12 Pavan, Marianna Can/Will Italy be held accountable for its 'push back' policy in relation to international refugee, human rights and European Union law?|
2011/11 Garcia-Gomez, Jaime The impacts of international migration on the developmental convergence of Mexican municipalities|
2011/10 Cooper, Hannah Prospects for the governance of refugee protection: Exploring the effect of an unbalanced level of asylum recognition rates amongst European countries|
2011/09 Regout, Sybille The integration of immigrant communities in France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands: National models in a European context|  
2011/08 Paul Bouanchaud Scaling Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices and Media Exposure – Are Migrants at Increased Risk of HIV in China?|
2011/07 Guy Taylor China's Floating Migrants: Updates from the 2005 1% Population Sample Survey|
2011/06 Irene de Lorenzo-Cáceres Cantero Explaining the uneven Europeanisation of Spanish Immigration Policy through the notion of usage| 
2011/05 Ada Shima Setting the rules of the border: The Carrot, the Stick… and the Fence? The case of Albanian-Greek migration|
2011/04 Robin Nobleman To be a man: Exploring masculinity and HIV service needs among African men in London|
2011/03 Farah Seedat Determinants of HIV Risk among Male Migrant Workers in Mumbai|
2011/02 Mauro Longo Italian policy towards legal economic migration: Aims, limits and failures|
2011/01 Elise Brau UK Immigration: Motivations Behind the Introduction of the Points-Based System|
2010/09 Max Nathan The long term impacts of migration in British cities: Diversity, wages, employment and prices|
2010/08 Leila Mulloy Questioning Spaces: Host Society Development and Diaspora - The Asociación Cultural de Ayuda Social Europa-Africa por el Progreso de Senegal|
2010/07  Sin Yee Koh Towards a Theory of "Skilled Diasporic Citizenship": Tertiary-Educated Chinese-Malaysians in Singapore as Citizens, Diasporas, and Transnational Migrants Negotiating Citizenship and Migration Decisions|
2010/06 Maria Teresa Vanikiotis Contemporary Minority Politics: Local Empowerment via International Advocacy| 
2010/05 Victoria Livinski  Is Moldova able to convert international anti-trafficking treaties into domestic policies that prioritize the interests of its citizens? A Policy Process Approach|
2010/04 Milica Petrovic Freedom of movement in the European Union: Visa liberalisation in the Western Balkan countries|
2010/03 Andrew Salomone Viteritti An independent norms entrepreneur? The European Commission and asylum rights|
2010/02 Aliza Amlani Bonds, Bridges and Links: Exploring the role of how a community centre can strengthen the social capital of Iraqi and British elders for improved health and psychosocial wellbeing|
2010/01 Fiona C. Thomas  Exploring coping mechanisms in conditions of displacement: The struggles and strengths of Pakistani and Somali urban refugees in Nepal|
2009/02 Markus Sperl 'When prime ministers replace policemen': An analysis of the adoption of European Council immigration and asylum JHA work programmes|
2009/01 John Campbell Caught between the ideology and realities of development: Transitioning from the Horn of Africa to Europe|
2008/04 Astrid Dentler
Why do Some States Draw Upon Amnesties While Others Do Not? A Comparison Between Spain and the United Kingdom|
2008/03 Eiko Thielemann The Future of the Common European Asylum System: In Need of a More Comprehensive Burden-Sharing Approach|
2008/02 Anna Boucher The political participation of Berlin's Turkish migrants in the dual citizenship and headscarf debates: A multi-level comparison|
2008/01 Stephen Castles Migration and Social Transformation|

The Working Paper Series is managed by the LSE Migration Studies Unit (MSU). It aims to promote and disseminate interdisciplinary research on migration issues. The series is currently edited by Mogens Hobolth| and Dr Martina Viarengo|.


  • Who may submit working papers?
    Academics, research fellows, taught and research students. Generally, authors will be expected to be either members of the LSE community or affiliates of the MSU.

  • What kind of work should be submitted?
    The main criterion for submission is whether the paper is of a sufficient quality and falls within the aims and scopes of the MSU. The contribution can be from various disciplines including political science, sociology, anthropology, geography, economics, law, and philosophy. The contribution must relate to the subject of migration.

    We are also pleased to publish post-graduate LSE master's dissertation on the subject of migration. The purpose is to present the wide range of solid and excellent post-graduate work carried out at the school to a wider audience.
  • What are the guidelines for submitting?
  1. Working papers should resemble articles in a peer-reviewed academic journal regarding format, quality, and length.
  2. The working paper should include an abstract of 100 to 200 words and a list of up to 10 keywords.
  3. Contributions should usually be between 8,000 and 10,000 words in length, including bibliography and footnotes.
  4. Contributions should be in "Times New Roman" with font size 12 Pt, and a line spacing of 1.5.
  5. The Harvard System of referencing should be used.
  6. Papers should be submitted as Microsoft Word files.
  7. Graphs, pictures and tables should be included as appropriate in the same file as the paper.
  8. Submissions should be emailed to the editors.
  • What is the review procedure?
  1. The working papers are reviewed internally by the editors.
  2. The reply will indicate one of the four options: (a) accept without changes; (b) accept with minor changes; (c) allow resubmission after major changes; or (d) reject.
  3. If a paper is accepted, the author is kindly asked to address possible minor linguistic or other stylistic errors, in addition to other comments.
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