Aim & Scope

The Middle East Journal of Refugee Studies (MEJRS), founded in 2016, is the official open-access, double-blind peer-reviewed, international journal of The International Refugee Rights Association.

MEJRS is a scientific journal for the publication of research and studies covering all aspects of refugees and related issues.

The journal’s aim is to facilitate both international and interdisciplinary scientific communication, to strengthen the links between scientific research and management policy in the Middle East and Turkey, and to stimulate and enhance the quality of debate.

Representing an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of recent data and expert opinions, it reflects the importance of a comprehensive approach to resolve the problems of refugees in the Middle East and Turkey.

MEJRS publishes peer-reviewed research reports on refugees, bringing together research conducted within a variety of disciplines. Articles include theoretical, philosophical, and political essays; research papers; case reports; and historical research related to all refugee issues. In addition to original research, the journal features both articles and book reviews.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Refuges issue around international and domestic law, war, migration, trauma, and state politics
  • Psychological, psychiatric, sociological, and anthropological analysis of refugee issues
  • Ethnic structures and demographics of refugees
  • Health, hygiene, and physical conditions of refugee camps
  • Social, economic, and political effects of refugees on host countries
  • Effects of refugees on national and regional security policies
  • Social, economic, and political problems encountering the refugees in host countries
  • Refugee families and rehabilitation

Studies that clearly contribute to the current knowledge of refugee issues, its prevention, and social policy are given priority. Scholarly commentaries on topical issues and systematic reviews are also encouraged.

MEJRS publishes its research articles unrestricted with open access as early as possible after acceptance of a manuscript.

The Editors of the MEJRS are committed to the internationally accepted principles of publication ethics expressed, in particular, in the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) ( and the Ethical Code of Academic Periodicals (ICMJE) (, as well as taking into account the valuable experience of reputable international journals and publishers.

Starting in 2015, to ensure that the published articles are free from plagiarism, MEJRS started using CrossCheck by CrossRef to screen for plagiarism. It is powered by iThenticate, helping us to improve the integrity of publication and ensure originality.

MEJRS will always try to enhance its quality and originality by publishing articles with high standards. The peer review process has been modified by inserting CrossCheck to screen for plagiarism.