IMLabs (International Migration & Labour Issues) is a nonprofit online magazine established in 2016 with the aim to present current issues related to migration, refugees, internally displaced persons, minority rights and socio-economic aspects of labour worldwide. Currently published articles were written, reviewed and edited by a multinational team of volunteer contributors – postgraduate students, junior and mid-level professionals from Asia, Europe, Latin America and the USA.


by Daniel Lockwood

On the Refugee Question

13th August 2016

Author’s Note:  State-sanctioned ignorance, lack of media diversity, and the revival of white nationalism are legitimizing calls for the return of ethnic cleansing to the Western World.  Old-fashioned ingrained narratives about supposedly innate human evil, supposedly eternal racial hatred and […]


The story of a woman migrant in search for a better life

by Margarita Trejo Velasco
15th February 2017

Migration is a living process, historical and current in nature. It varies depending on the fabric of sending, transit and receiving countries; intertwining lives, stories and dreams in the process. It continues to exist, no matter how many barriers or […]

A view on migration to Europe in the 21st century

by Niall McGlynn
27th August 2016

According to the latest figures from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), 2,725 migrants/refugees have died attempting to make the crossing from Libya to Italy this year, against a total of 386 deaths for the Turkey to Greece route. As in […]

Internally Displaced Persons

by Diana Khomeriki

Integrating Abkhaz and South Ossetian IDPs in Post-Conflict Georgia

28th June 2017

More than a quarter million people (273,411 individuals; 88,704 families of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)[1]) remain internally displaced in Georgia, as a consequence of two conflicts in the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.  The majority of Abkhaz and […]

Legal Insights

by María López Benito

When Is It Safe to Return? Protection Gaps in Non-Refoulement

27th June 2017

Since the refugee crisis burst into the European agenda, the European institutions have tried to coordinate a common response of the Member States.  International and European Law are crucial to manage this crisis.  This analysis tries to identify protection gaps […]