Mixed Migration Centre (MMC) Short Essay Competition 2021 – Alternative Voices ($1,500 prize)

Mixed Migration Centre (MMC) Short Essay Competition 2021 – Alternative Voices ($1,500 prize)

Deadline: May 17, 2021

Applications are invited for the Mixed Migration Centre (MMC) Short Essay Competition 2021 – Alternative Voices. The notion of alternative narratives and alternative perspectives is important for the Mixed Migration Centre (MMC) and will be central to this year’s Mixed Migration Review (MMR), their flagship annual report. They are inviting young researchers and writers on migration to enter a short essay competition.

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 cases studies.

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.


  • 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.


  • Open to writers from and based in Asia, Africa and Latin American countries.
  • Be 30 years of age or younger.
  • The short essay will be between 1,500-2,000 words long.


To enter the competition applicants should send a short abstract of no more than 250 words outlining the content of their intended essay to [email protected] before the end of Monday, 17 May 2021 (CET). The subject of the email should be “Alternative Voices Prize”.

For more information, visit MMC Short Essay Competition.