Invitations to write in our Migration Book

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Invitations to write in our Migration Book : Call for Papers

T0days invitation is an urgent invitation to write in our migration book

The link to our Invitation to write is here migrationinvitationtowritemk3


We are collating papers this week to launch thee books and proceedings next week at our migration conference on the 9th April 2016.

Please can you email today if you can write something on the subject of Migration, social justice or climate change?

Please send in any papers you have- but they must be free of copyright restrictions.

Please find the invitation to write attached here and below.

Many thanks

Miriam Kennet


The Green Economics Institute


Green Economics Institute


Introducing Migration Book



Human Migration (the true story)

Past, Present and Future

Why we do it, how we have always done it, understanding what is happening today in context & the age old links with climate and resources pressure, how it’s different this time


And how to make it work well for everyone  to get a better outcome



Invitation to write: Call for Papers and Chapters.The book will be an edited volume collection of papers from diverse and differing authors.

 Rationale for the Book: Setting the Scene

Plants, animals and insects  are moving towards the Poles at a rate of over 5 metres a year in response to climate change. Humans are on the move in huge numbers  and today this is one of the leading stories in terms of geo political stability, human rights, resources  and many other areas. It has been taken up by the media in a narrative of being flooded by unwelcome immigrants.


Humans are curious and seem like travelling around

Even if  humans do seem to be characterized by being curious and constantly on the move. Even the earliest people in the UK at Stonehenge, ancient burial site,  appear to have come from far away and their grave goods also from all over Europe if not further. We seem to have been traveling around for thousands and thousands of years. In fact it is believed that we all developed in Ethiopia and then spread out in several  waves over many years. In Europe there have been many waves of people coming in over many centuries. Everyone in Europe is descended from Migrants from Africa. There is no them and us. We are all actually the same.


Migration for adventure, exploration and new colonisations

The Greeks journeyed all over the Mediterranean, and their travels are celebrated in the Odessey, whose cultural influence has spread far beyond Greece or even the Greek area in the south of Italy where many of the philosophers lived and worked.  The Romans spread out all over the Mediterranean and beyond, the peoples of the steppes, Angles, Saxons, Goths etc populated much of Europe and took it over, and their geopolitical structures are still visible in the nation states of today and also reflected in the language they brought,   the Vikings colonized much of Europe, The Normans, the Venetians and so it goes on.


The Long Term View

Interestingly if we take a long term view, we can see that humans have been moving around almost since the beginning and we are a very curious group and always want to know what is just around the corner or just beyond our reach.  People are today even contemplating colonizing other planets. Migration is  historically a part of being human but it is extremely traumatic and very dangerous for those who experience forced migration and today is exploited.


The Nation State- A relatively new concept?

However, it is also perhaps true that in the past there was no nation state before about 15,000- 10,000 BC as far as we know. There were perhaps not such rigid boundaries and people could move around according to where the resources were. They could respond to the ice ages, the interglacials, the warming and cooling periods by moving around and finding new resources.


Land Ownership – A new concept- will it really last? Is it really viable in the longer term?

Although people seem to have had a cultural affinity for the natural landscapes, from the advent of farming, it seems, a more structured and more hierarchical existence came into being with documented and more rigidly defined relationships to the land and The idea of ‘legal ownership’ of the land and with it developed the idea of kingship tied to a geographical area rather than a people. Animals, plants and  people were domesticated and became largely sedentary and static. Passports appeared and peoples movements were largely restricted. Our nomadic past still evident in certain pastoral groups, travelers, Roma and by and large this has not been encouraged or nutured.


Causes of Migration throughout history

Every so often this static state of affairs is then challenged and an historical view would assign the causes to usually one of the following, an unpleasant ruler or regime, torture, mistreatment, geopolitical instability, food  scarcity, water scarcity, water changes, climate changes, river course changes, flooding, drought, war, famine, bread or rice or staple crop failure, poverty, disease, population devastation such as Black Death or Malaria or being invited by a faltering regime to prop it up or a powerful regime to be paid to work in it. These causes have been remarkably similar throughout history. The scale and shift has varied. Today due to the increasing population, the gross numbers are greater than ever –with 11 million today displaced from Syria alone in a short space of time.


Human Rights and Suffering

Interestingly the Second World War saw huge numbers of people displaced and moved on a similar scale with similar upheaval and similar suffering but the scale of death  and suffering was much larger than the current wave. As a result of this the European Union was set up, initially as an Iron and Steel Union  but one of its core founding principles is free movement of goods and peoples. It has never been tested until now when the principle is under pressure as never before. It is designed to stop wars within Europe and to act as a pressure release valve when things start to turn tough. The EU was also founded on a premise of Human Rights and Freedom.

The so called Refugee Crisis has severely tested all these principles. People in Europe had an initial wobble and panic and now it seems generally are beginning to ask what they can do to help..


The Benefits to the Host Country

There are many issues connected to the refugee crisis. The economic impact of migrants in the literature shows that they benefit their host country greatly over time. It would be hard to imagine a Europe of today with possibly only the Celts  and Greeks in most parts and no Romans, no Anglo Saxons or Goths anywhere. It would be much the poorer certainly in terms of culture and many of the great cities would not have been founded.


The Brain Drain from the Home Country

Many countries today are struggling in part because of the large numbers of educated professionals who choose to migrate as economic migrants in large numbers. This directly affects their economy.Examples include Lithuania and Ethiopia.


Climate Change

One of the forgotten aspects of the current refugee crisis is its very strong links  to climate change. In the Stern Review (2007) the view was expressed that eventually the only places humans could live would be at the North and South Pole and Scandinavia and the UK. Well 8 years on – this doesn’t look quite so far fetched and the only flaw in the argument is that its beginning to happen much more quickly than expected. The New Scientist recently attributed the Syrian Crisis as at least partly if not entirely caused by Climate Change. We have moved the climate to 2 degrees of warming it has been announced today.


So this book will cover amongst other things:

Part 1 – Introduction to current present migration issues, definitions, scope, scene setting  and context

Part 2 Temporal Views

2.1 Migration a long term temporal view- a  history,humans constantly on the move

Part 3 Climatic Views

3.1Climate change and migration

3.2 Climate Change and the future

3.3 Flooding in Nigeria

Part 4- Geographies of Migration

4.1 Migration drivers and pressures today, micro and macro

4.2 Two Indian Perspectives

4.3 Perspective from Bangladesh

4.4 Perspective from China and Migrant women workers

Part 5 Geopolitical Causes and Effects

Part 6 Economic Views

6.1Migration impacts, economy, jobs, geopolitical outcomes

6.2 Economic Migrants

Part 7 Forced  Migration –displaced people, refugees, generations of trauma and impacts.

Part 8- Social Justice issues and discourses

8.1 Health

8.2 Mental Health and Trauma

8.3 Women and Migration

Part 10- Host Countries- Varied experiences and circumstances.South Europe. The experience of Sicily, Lampadusa: Turkey: Greece etc. Huge acts of human kindness.

Part 11- Voices of Migration



We specialise in inclusion, we specialise in diverse open source diverse voices in our books. We specialise in having writers from all parts of the globe, especially voices and people who are not normally heard!

If you would like to take part in this ground breaking project please email us today and tell us about your idea. We will mix work from new writers with more experienced and the global leaders in this field with a number of high profile specialists.


We are  keen to receive papers on any aspect of  the  Migration Debate and  contemporary problems as well as proposed  solutions, past, present and future.


We will accept sections, whole chapters, subsections and papers.

We are looking equally for papers from students of economics, more experienced and practicing economists and anyone else interested this subject. We also are looking for alternative thinkers and  views-outside the box.

We are a global network of innovators and change makers and encourage others with similar ideas.



We can accept  papers in .odt or .doc  (but not.pdf) sent by email to and


We will launch the project for the book on 9th April 2016 at  our Green Economics Institute first special Conference at Trinity College, Oxford University and we need all submissions to be sent in to us in .odt or .doc.

We would be pleased to receive papers ready to put into our chapters on any of the above themes or other ideas for them.



If you are going to write please let us know now by emailing We hope to have the first draft  by July 2016. Please have a look at our bookshop website areafor ideas about our range of books and the kinds of subjects we cover.


We welcome diverse contributions and we especially welcome  and help with contributions from new writers or other ideas. The writing can be anything from 2 sides A4 or more. Ideally between 2 sides and 10 sides each. We will mix academic, institutional, research, polemic, simple and more complex writing, political, policy makers, government academic, campaigning, institutional  and business styles of writing as this is much more exciting to read. Contributions can be of a practical, theoretical or philosophical or research, policy, implementation, case study, examples, best practice, or campaigning nature. There is plenty of room for your writing. We will since this is a sensitive subject reserve the right to choose what goes into this particular book and the Editors’ decisions will be final. If you are not sure if your subject will be OK please email us with an abstract or outline of your idea -(two lines is fine) just to check. We will not print anything which we consider could be construed as racist, insensitive or  non inclusive etc.


Please ensure you give citations for  any items you have not written yourself and photos must all be attributed to who took them. References must be Harvard style- and we do not accept footnotes. Please ask for further information or guidance if you need it. Please ensure you do not infringe anyone else’s copyright.


  • Publisher: The Green Economics Institute Publishing House
  • ISBN-13: 9781907543210

We look forward to hearing from you very soon and to your writing for this exciting project. We are very happy to advise you about your possible contribution so do not hesitate to contact us.


The Editors: Miriam Kennet (UK) and Federica Savarino (Italy)

The Green Economics Institute





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