The Mixed Migration Centre (MMC) is inviting young researchers and writers on migration to enter a short essay competition.

The 5 winners will have their essays published in a section of the MMR2021 dedicated to “Alternative voices” and receive a prize of USD 1,500 each.

Application Deadline: 30th of June 2021


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The winners will :

  • Receive a prize of USD 1,500 each.
  • Have their essays published in a section of the MMR2021


The opportunity is open to :

  • Writers from and based in Asia, Africa and Latin American countries.
  • People aged 30 years of age or younger


  • The abstract and the essay itself can be written in either French, Spanish or English, but the winning 5 essays will be printed in English only – translated, where necessary, by MMC. 
  • Individuals can send up to 2 abstracts per person. 
  • The most interesting abstracts will be selected by the MMC team and their authors will then be asked to compete for the essay prizes. Those invited to compete on the basis of accepted abstracts will be informed by the 31st of May and have one month to complete their 1,500 – 2,000 words essay. 
  • No prizes are given for having an abstract accepted and being invited to join the competition.
  • A maximum of 5 essays will be selected for publication and their five authors be given the prize money.
  • The winning essays will offer original analysis, alternative narrative or new perspectives of mixed migration and related issues, from the global south, as well as the specific region where the authors are based. 
  • The subject matter can relate to any aspect included in mixed migration such as: the politics or trends around migration or displacement; human smuggling or human trafficking; refugees and asylum issues; immobility; human mobility and climate change; migration myths, misconceptions or biases. 
  • The perspective can be local or regional, conceptual or based on case studies. 
  • The short essay will be between 1,500-2,000 words long.

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Application Instructions

Applicants should send a short abstract of no more than 250 words outlining the content of their intended essay to info@mixedmigration.org. Indicate in your message your nationality and where you are based. Email subject should be ‘’Alternative Voices Prize’’.

About the Mixed Migration Centre

The MMC is a leading source for independent and high quality data, information, research and analysis on mixed migration. Through the provision of credible evidence and expertise, the MMC aims to support agencies, policy makers and practitioners to make well-informed decisions, to positively impact global and regional migration policies, to contribute to protection and assistance responses for people on the move and to stimulate forward thinking in the sector responding to mixed migration.

Key Dates and Order of Program

  • All essays need to be submitted by the 30th of June.
  • The outcome of the competition will be made by the 16th of July
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