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Special Issue "Integrated Migration Management, ICTs' enhanced Responses and Policy Making: Towards Human Centric Migration Management Systems"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Anna Visvizi

School of Business, Deree—The American College of Greece, 6 Gravias Street GR-153 42 Aghia Paraskevi Athens, Greece
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Interests: smart cities; migration; innovation networks; international business; political economy; economic integration; politics; EU, Central Europe, China
Guest Editor
Prof. Miltiadis D. Lytras

School of Business, Deree—The American College of Greece, 6 Gravias Street GR-153 42 Aghia Paraskevi Athens, Greece
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Interests: smart cities; innovation; big data research; data mining; analytics; emerging technologies; information systems; entrepreunership; technology enhanced learning; virtual reality; knowledge management
Guest Editor
Prof. Marta Pachocka

Department of Political Studies, Collegium of Socio-Economics, Warsaw School of Economics, ul. Wiśniowa 41, pok. 66D, 02-520 Warszawa, Poland
Interests: socio-demographic changes in Europe/EU; Europe/EU and international migration; EU policy on migration, asylum and border management; immigration policy and integration policy in France; France’s international position; European economy, world economy; forced migration and refugee studies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The twin migration and refugee crises that challenged several European countries and the European Union (EU) as a whole over the period 2015–2016 revealed that developed world cities and urban areas are largely unprepared to address the variety of challenges that irregular migratory flows generate. In this Special Issue, we query the premises of the smart and resilient cities debates, respectively, to highlight that migration-related challenges and opportunities have not been explicitly addressed in those debates, thus creating a considerable disconnect between what these debates promise and what cities/urban systems increasingly need to deal with on a daily basis. The purpose of this Special Issue is to outline the relevance of bridging the disjuncture, and by incorporating the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the analysis to propose a dynamic analytical framework, a model, apt to employ the key arguments and policy-recommendations of both debates, as well as the promise of ICT for the sake of, on the one hand, alleviating the pressures cities/urban systems face, and on the other hand, serving both the receiving and the incoming populations. The dynamics of that convergence is defined by two hierarchically interconnected levers/gears, i.e., that of ICT, as well as policy-design and policy-making. Accordingly, while this Special Issue makes a case for an ICT-enabled integrated framework for resilient urban systems, it also makes argues for an ethically sensitive, human centred use of smart technologies beyond the high-tech hype (Visvizi, et al., 2017).

The objective of this Special Issue is to disseminate latest, high quality, interdisciplinary research in the domain of Migration Management and Information Technology and to introduce also the concept of Social Inclusive Migration Integration as a key response to the wellbeing and prosperity of modern societies through the adoption of integrative strategies for human development and economic growth with the use of sophisticated technologies and advanced models of human development.

This Special Issue seeks to uncover and present the latest developments in meeting the needs a modern Migration Management and Smart Regions Vision towards sustainable development, prosperity and happiness for humanity.

For this Special Issue, we welcome papers dealing with case studies, literature review, survey findings, analytical methods, and tools. Examples of topics of interests include:

  • Conceptual issues and their regulatory- and policy-making implications
  • Migration in context of the public goods debate
  • Migration and immigration policy in context of the refugee- and migration-crises in Europe
  • Migration and refugee crises in Europe of 2014+ – determinants and consequences
  • Integration of immigrants and integration policy in European countries
  • Local and regional dimensions of mixed migration
  • Smart cities and urban areas and mixed migration
  • Boarder management policies and tools vis-à-vis mixed migration
  • Legal issues and their implications
  • Mixed migration in international context: regional, national and local dimensions
  • Refugee, asylum, relocation and resettlement – European experience yesterday and today
  • Politics and policy-making of mixed migration
  • Big Data approaches to Open Migration Linked Data
  • Indexing of Migration Data
  • Migration Analytics and Key Performance Indicators for Migration Management
  • Social Network solutions for Migration Management
  • Privacy and Trust in Migration Management Information Systems
  • Cloud Computing Applications for Migration Management
  • Advanced Sensor Technologies and Mobile Networks for Migration Emergency Systems
  • Technology Driven Policy Making for Migration Management
  • Social Business Systems and Migration Management
  • Sentiment Analysis for Migration
  • Funded Research Projects show cases


Visvizi, A.; Mazzucelli, C.; Lytras, M. Irregular migratory flows: Towards an ICTs’ enabled integrated framework for resilient urban systems. J. Sci. Technol. Policy Manag. 2017, 8, 227–242. Available online: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/JSTPM-05-2017-0020.

Prof. Anna Visvizi
Prof. Marta Pachocka
Prof. Miltiadis D. Lytras
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Migration
  • European Union
  • Policy making
  • Resilient Cities
  • Human Centric Computing
  • ICTs Migration and refugee crises
  • Policy instruments
  • Smart urban applications
  • Data Mining
  • Analytics
  • Cloud computing and open source technologies
  • Sustainability
  • Social Inclusive Economic Growth
  • Irregular Migratory flows
  • Smart Technologies
  • ICTs
  • Open Government
  • Smart Innovation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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