Special Issue "Civil Society, Migration and Citizenship"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "International Migration".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2024 | Viewed by 98

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Taku Suzuki
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Guest Editor
International Studies, Denison University, Granville, OH 43023, USA
Interests: migrants; asylum seekers; refugees; citizenship; legality; global health; Japan; the United States

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue explores various roles civil society organizations play for migrants and refugees, before, during, and after their movements from their countries of origin to other destinations. Referring to the burgeoning citizenship and migration studies literature, this issue looks to feature a wide range of studies that examine how domestic and international civil society organizations facilitate the polito-legal and sociocultural inclusion and exclusion of migrants and refugees in the sending and receiving societies. The articles’ topics may include but are not limited to: civil society’s role in facilitating the emigration and asylum-seeking processes; non-governmental organizations’ ambivalent positions in assisting asylum seekers and migrants while working with state agencies who seek to control them; migrants and refugees as active agents who engage with civil society organizations for their benefit; refugee resettlement assistance organizations who, consciously or not, acculturate the newly arrived refugees into a host society; civil society organizations’ challenges to the state-defined citizenship through advocating for undocumented migrants and rejected asylum seekers. Together, these articles will contribute to our understanding of the dynamic relationships between migrants, refugees, states, and non-state actors that configure migration and resettlement processes, exploring the implications of such relationships for the conceptualization of citizenship.

Prof. Dr. Taku Suzuki
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • migrants
  • asylum seekers
  • refugees
  • civil society
  • states
  • international organizations
  • non-governmental organizations
  • citizenship
  • legality

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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