Public Call for Papers on Migration in Function of Development

May 13, 2014

Authors/researchers or teams of thereof are kindly invited to submit summaries of empirical research papers addressing migration issues in the context of social and economic development in Bosnia and Herzegovina or countries of the region (Montenegro, Croatia, FYROM and/or Serbia), to be presented at a research workshop on “Migration in Function of Development”, and published in the respective workshop proceedings.

The summary of a relevant empirical research paper should not exceed the maximum of 600 words, and its contents should have the following mandatory structure:

a)    A problem statement and the subject of research with temporal and spatial definition;
b)    Importance;
c)    Objectives and methods of research;
d)    The main social and demographic features of the sample and;
e)    The summary of basic findings/results.

Research paper abstracts in the official languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina or in English are to be submitted in pdf format at no later than May 31st, 2014. In addition to the abstract, please attach Europass CV  with a photo. Research paper abstracts submitted after the deadline, and those that do not meet the criteria will not be considered.

Review of the research paper abstracts and their selection will be done by an editorial board consisted of Mr. Roland Kostić PhD, Miss. Bojana Babić MSc and Miss. Emina Ćosić MSc. The editorial board will select nine (9) research papers to be printed in the respective workshop proceedings and distributed to relevant academic and institutional partners in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Also, an electronic version of the respective workshop proceedings will be published on the BiH Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees’ web site. In selection of submitted research paper abstracts, the preference will be given to those relating to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In June, authors whose research paper abstracts are accepted will be given precise instructions on the format and scope of work, as well as on citing and references. The authors of selected research paper abstracts will work with the Editorial Board to adjust their research paper in accordance to the given instructions. The deadline for submitting the final version of the research paper before proofreading and translation will be August 31st, 2014. By delivering final research papers in given deadline the authors agree that their research papers will be published in the respective workshop proceedings. Authors who fail to submit the final research papers for the proceedings in due time will be disqualified as an entrant for the Research Workshop.

Proofreading and translation of the final research papers will be done by UNDP, with versions submitted to the authors for final review to be completed by September 30th, 2014.

Selected research papers will be presented at the workshop on “Migration in Function of Development” to take place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, from November 17th to 18th, 2014, as a follow-up to the “Research Workshop on Migration from BiH”, held in September 2012 in Sarajevo. The working languages of the Research Workshop are B/C/S and English, with simultaneous translation provided.

The workshop will be held as a part of the joint project between the Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Swiss Cooperation Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), entitled Migration and Development: Mainstreaming the concept of migration and development into relevant policies, plans and actions in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The project seeks to systematically mobilise and build potentials of migrants from Bosnia and Herzegovina in the relevant areas of transition and socioeconomic development, ensuring the visible impacts of their contribution to the country's progress across all institutional and social levels. Accordingly, the research workshop aims to raise awareness and facilitate dialogue between interested stakeholders on migration and development, as well as to highlight the importance of migration for development of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in addition to creating preconditions for its inclusion in the integrated development strategies at all levels of government in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The main objectives of the workshops are to:

  • Present comparative experience with regard to migration as a component of socioeconomic development (primarily research relating to Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also other Western Balkan countries such as Montenegro, Croatia, FYROM and/or Serbia);
  • Discuss the challenges and opportunities of tapping on migration in function of development of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Given the significant number of emigrants from Bosnia and Herzegovina and their great potential, the primary intention of the research workshop is to gather researchers who have studied different experiences of migrants, especially from the social and economic aspects. In this regard, it is important to underline the strengths and weaknesses of the existing environment in terms of incentives or obstacles to be removed for a successful social and economic development of our country (either through financial investments, transfers of human capital and technology, retraining/additional training of the unemployed, development of educational and health systems, etc.).

Organisers are to cover travel expenses and hotel accommodations for one presenter/author of the approved research paper. Participation of additional presenters/authors is possible, with hotel accommodation provided by the organiser, while their travel expenses are to be covered from own funds.


May 31st, 2014 – Submission of research paper abstracts
June 15th, 2014 – Selection of research paper abstracts for the workshop
August 31st, 2014 – Finalization of research papers in a given format
September 30th, 2014 – Finalization of proofreading and translation of the research papers
November 10th, 2014 – Design and printing of the workshop proceedings
November 17th-18th, 2014 – Research workshop

For more information, please contact:
Željko Blagojević
Project Manager - Migrations and Development
United Nations Development Programme
Zmaja od Bosne bb, 71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Phone: +387 33 293 498
Fax: +387 33 552 330