Call for papers Mig V4
Social Policy Issues journal is pleased to launch a call for papers for the special issue "Migration to the Visegrad Countries: Are they the new destinations for immigration?".

The 2004 expansion of the European Union to Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic, collectively termed the Visegrad Group (V4), sparked an increase in emigration from these countries to other EU Member States. At the same time, the V4 became the target of growing immigration, especially from the countries of Eastern Europe. Nevertheless, for many years emigration levels significantly outweighed those of immigration. Recently, however, V4 countries have witnessed a dwindling rate of departures, with a concurrent increase in the number of arrivals, shifting the status of these countries on the migration map of the world. The members of the Visegrad Group were notably sceptical about the migration policy instruments proposed by the European Commission during the 2015–2016 ‘migration crisis’. These states are commonly perceived as taking a negative stance toward the influx of foreigners, especially those arriving from Africa and the Middle East. Significantly, in recent years these same countries have had to face the challenge of large numbers of foreigners crossing their borders with hopes of applying for international protection.

Key information for authors:
Editors await proposals for original research papers presenting results of studies and analyses in the area of migration processes in V4 countries. The articles should contain the results of analyses that address the question of whether V4 countries (separately, and together as a political community) have changed their status from typical emigration countries to countries that receive immigrants. Can the influx of foreigners to the V4 countries be considered a constant trend, or does it constitute a mere temporary increase in immigration levels? Will the migration policy of these countries’ governments and the EU’s activity in this area change in response to current migration processes? What social reactions can be expected in the context of the increase in the immigration of foreigners, including those from other cultural areas? Reviews will cover papers presenting both results of comparative research and case studies.

Deadlines and number of papers:
For this issue, the editors are planning to accept 5–7 papers in English. Submissions must be no longer than 60 thousand characters (with spaces) and no shorter than 50 thousand characters (with spaces). Each paper will be subjected to double-anonymous review.
Deadline for submissions of abstracts: 15th April, 2022
Deadline for acceptance: 30th April, 2022
Deadline for submission of papers: 30th August, 2022
Completion of the review process, final acceptance of papers, and their submission for editing and proof-reading: 15th November, 2022
Deadline for online publication of the issue: 15th January, 2023

For more information please see attached pdf.