International Conference on Migration, Development and Security - Call for Abstracts

Centre for Migration Studies
College of Humanities, University of Ghana






While migration is an age-old phenomenon, its patterns, causes, and effects are being transformed by processes of globalization, geo-political tensions, and urbanization. The actual developmental impacts of migration have been debated in both academic and policy circles.  

While the negative impacts of migration, such as brain drain in migrant-sending areas and pressure on social amenities in migrant-receiving areas have historically dominated the literature, recent scholarship has shown that, if properly managed, migration can contribute to the socioeconomic transformation of the economies of both developed and developing countries. There is enough evidence to show that migration does not only bring enormous benefits to sending countries in the form of remittances and brain gain but also benefits receiving countries through the processes of skills transfer, access to cheap labour and exposure to cultural diversity. In view of the potential of migration to promote socio-economic development, migration management has now moved to the top of the global development agenda. This is evidenced by its inclusion in the 2030 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS). Migration governance has been emphasised in Target 10.7/SDG 10 in the following words: “facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies”.

Although the benefits of migration are widely acknowledged, the phenomenon has been increasingly securitized especially by developed countries in the wake of what is perceived as growing threats of terrorism. Migrants have been identified as a threat to the national/international security of the Global North. In addition, receiving countries now have to confront growing xenophobic tensions. In Africa, the link between migration and security manifests in identity, nationalism and citizenship crises. Despite these undesirable outcomes, there are unique windows of opportunity to make migration a triple win situation for the migrant, the origin and the receiving countries. This requires intensification of lesson drawing, knowledge sharing, and purposive interactions among researchers, policy makers, state agencies, social partners and other stakeholders.

Against this background, the Centre for Migration Studies of the University of Ghana, as part of its 10th Anniversary, is organizing an international conference to provide a platform for researchers and policy makers to discuss the topical issues on migration, development and security. The organizing committee invites abstract submissions that combine empirical findings with theoretical reflections under the following broad headings:

Migration and socio-economic development

  • Migration, Remittances and Brain Drain
  • Return migration, Re-integration and Socio-economic transformation
  • Migration and poverty
  • Migration and gender relations
  • Remittances for development
  • Diaspora investments
  • Migration and sustainable development

Families and Children in Migration

  • Migration and left-behind children
  • Migration and left-behind spouses
  • Children in migration

Migration and Environmental Change

  • Environmental change and migration
  • Climate change, food security and migration
  • Environmental change, migration and conflicts
  • Migration in climate adaptation programmes
  • Environmental change, risk cultures and migration

 Policy and Legal Dimensions of Migration

  • National migration policies
  • Engaging Diasporas
  • Migration and citizenship
  • Controlling irregular migration
  • Human rights and migration

Migration and Population Dynamics

  • Migration and population change
  • Changing fertility levels and preferences among migrants
  • Impact of migration on age structure of a population
  • Population, aging and migration

Migration and Security

  • Migrants and national politics
  • Migrants and conflicts 
  • Migrants and national/international security

Mobility and Disease

  • Mobility behaviours related to disease
  • Mobility and spread of disease
  • Migration and health

Migration Research

  • Methodological issues in migration research
  • Migration data collection systems
  • Migration data

This is by no means exhaustive. Other topics relevant to the theme are welcome. Papers of high quality will be selected for publication as a special issue of a journal. 

Instructions for Submitting an Abstract

You are invited to submit an abstract of not more than 200 words to cmsinternationalconference2017@ug.edu.gh by 15th July, 2017. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by July 28, 2017.

Abstracts must contain the following information: Title of Paper, Name, Institution, Telephone and Email Address of the author(s).

Conference Fees

Participation is free, however, participants who want conference materials and lunch are expected to pay the following fees:



Local students (Ghanaian)

GH ¢50

Local Participants (Faculty and all others)

GH ¢100

International Participants (Students)

$50 (USD)

International Participants (Non-Students)

$100 (USD)


Important Dates

  • July 15, 2017 (Extended): Deadline for submitting abstracts
  • July 28, 2017: Authors are notified of abstract acceptance


Enquiries should be directed to Sonia Adu-Gyamfi (Email: bsadu-gyamfi@ug.edu.gh; or 233 505692531) or Seth Adusei (Email: sethaadusei@gmail.com; or Tel. 233 577946607)