Dear Readers and Friends of International Migration,

Fifty years ago, the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration (ICEM) launched a journal entitled Migration. In later years, the ICEM became the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the name of the journal changed to International Migration (IM). With this issue, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of IM.

From the beginning, IM was conceived to be a journal in which a range of opinions could be expressed. In his Foreword to the first issue, Marcus Daly, the Director of ICEM, noted: “we may not always agree with our distinguished contributors and they may sometimes disagree with one another. That is the nature of healthy discussion.” Daly then went on to express the hope that “as this new publication develops it will stimulate thought and discussion on a subject not without importance to the modern world”.

The journal has certainly lived up to this expectation over the last half century. Readership and sales of IM have increased markedly over the years. For example, total subscriptions from libraries around the world increased from 621 in 2001 to 3,400 in 2010, while the?annual number of articles downloaded has grown from 6,218 in 2001 to over 100,000 in?2010.

On behalf of IOM, I should like to express our gratitude to Elzbieta Gozdziak, the current editor of the journal, her colleagues at Georgetown University, Susan Martin and Lindsay Lowell, and all the past editors of the journal for their magnificent contribution to the journal’s success over the years.

I should also like to thank the 11 members of the Editorial Board of the journal who have assisted Elzbieta Gozdziak and her team in substantially raising the profile of the journal, resulting in a significant increase in article submissions in recent years.

Finally, and not least, a warm thank you goes to Violeta Ribarska and her team at Wiley in Oxford for the excellent support that they have given us over the years, helping to ensure that IM is read by a growing number of people around the world.