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Reviewed by: Christine Oka, Research & Instruction, Northeastern University Libraries, Boston, MA
The Journal on Migration and Human Security (JMHS) is a publication of the Center for Migration Studies (CMS), ”a think tank and an educational institute devoted to the study of international migration, to the promotion of understanding between immigrant and receiving communities, and to public policies that safeguard the dignity and rights of migrants, refugees and newcomer.” Founded in 1964, CMS was later formally incorporated by the Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Charles, Scalabrinians, “a community of Catholic priests, nuns and lay people dedicated to serving migrants and refugees throughout the world.” CMS is a member of the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN), a global network of over 270 migrant shelters, service centers and other institutions along migrant corridors and in border and destination communities, and the Scalabrini Migration Study Centers, a network of think-tanks on international migration and refugee protection.”
The practical, hands-on side of the CMS mission is complemented by publication of journals, such as the Journal on Migration and Human Security, essays, conference proceedings, reports and other works to provide evidence-based, social policy research on international migration. Another DMS mission is maintaining an archive with collections that cover the history of immigration in the United States.” Check the link on their webpage for more information.
The JMHS has been published since 2013. The scope of human security is described by the publisher as “shared goals of creating secure and sustaining conditions in migrant sending communities; promoting safe, orderly and legal migration; and developing rights-respecting immigration and immigrant integration policies . . . “ Articles are reviewed and published online as soon as they are accepted.
Recent papers cover “The Mixed Motives of Unaccompanied Child Migrants from Central America’s Northern Triangle” using data from a 2016 survey taken in 10 shelters for unaccompanied child migrants run by a Mexican government child welfare agency. The findings indicated there were multiple, or mixed motives for migration and recommended more in-depth screening for these migrants, along with more flexible policies so immigration systems can be more inclusive of mixed-motive migrants. Another article, “Making Immigrants into Criminals: Legal Processes of Criminalization in the Post-IIRIRA Era” discusses the significance of the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) and the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) which used the term “criminal alien” and has “slowly but purposefully redefined what it means to be unauthorized in the United States. . . .“ The authors review the literature on the development of this process. The book reviews cover migration, immigration and public policy and law, such as The Price of Rights: Regulating International Labor Migration, which describes implication of labor immigration policies where the denial of rights of migrant workers is often considered “the price of admission.”
CMS does not charge authors a submission fee or article processing charge (APC), but “if manuscripts are accepted and published, all rights, including subsidiary rights, will be owned by CMS. However, the author will retain the right to use his or her article without charge in any book of which he/she is the author or editor after it has appeared in JMHS.” Articles are thoughtful, and accessible to the general adult reader. The Journal on Migration and Human Security is indexed by a number of library databases, along with The Open Archives Initiative (OAI) and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Recommended for academic and public libraries serving researchers and readers interested in migration and public policy issues.