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08 Aug, 2017
By Robin Cohen

Refugia: a utopian solution to the crisis of mass displacement

And still they come. An apparently endless flotilla of rubber dinghies filled with migrants and refugees making their way across the Mediterranean to Europe. As the numbers and visibility of this migration have gathered pace, even mainstream politicians have expressed their alarm. Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, has talked of an exodus of biblical proportions. Solutions designed for a few thousand people will not work as a strategy for millions, he warned.

In responsible political circles, let alone in the more feverish popular media, there is an increasing recognition that the three conventional “durable solutions” to displacement – local integration, resettlement and return – cannot meet the scale and speed of the movement of people.

By
Robin Cohen
08 Aug, 2017

Refugia: a utopian solution to the crisis of mass displacement

And still they come. An apparently endless flotilla of rubber dinghies filled with migrants and refugees making their way across the Mediterranean to Europe. As the numbers and visibility of this migration...

By
Naohiko Omata
07 Aug, 2017

Promoting ‘self-reliance’ for refugees: what does it really mean?

Promotion of ‘self-reliance’ for refugees has occupied a central place in the policy arena of the international refugee regime in recent years. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)...

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Oliver Owen
Jan Beek
Mirco Göpfert
Jonny Steinberg
21 Jul, 2017

Why we need to rethink how we look at policing in Africa

Until recently, scholarly works on formal policing institutions in Africa were few and far between, despite the fact that in countries like Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana and others, there are very large...

By
Christopher Bredholt
12 Jul, 2017

Constructing development: financing the infrastructure gap in emerging and developing economies

Making up the shortfall between global infrastructure investment needs and actual spending is high on the agenda for policy-makers and investors. According to McKinsey Global Institute, the world needs to...

By
Tristen Naylor
07 Jul, 2017

On the margins: meetings to watch at the Hamburg G20

Summits are not just — or even mostly — about what happens in the formal leaders' meetings. What happens on the sidelines often has the largest impact on steering the course of international politics.

By
Tristen Naylor
07 Jul, 2017

The new role of the G20: safeguarding global governance from a revisionist America

Under the Trump administration, the United States has not only stepped back from its position of global leadership, but now actively plays a spoiler role in the governance agenda.

By
Carol Graham
29 Jun, 2017

Do aspirations and well-being matter for children’s outcomes? Lessons from Peru

The linkages between parent’s circumstances, well-being, and aspirations and their children’s outcomes is a fundamental question for social scientists and policymakers in countries at all levels of...

By
Emilio Travieso
23 Jun, 2017

Food sovereignty and beyond: an alternative from the Tseltal of Chiapas, Mexico

In response to the need for more sustainable, just and healthy food systems, social innovators are experimenting with alternative models, notably through initiatives that combine agroecology with social and...

By
Naohiko Omata
20 Jun, 2017

Who thrives, who struggles? Exploring the determinants of economic success among refugees

Today is the 16th United Nations' World Refugee Day, a day to recognize and honour refugees’ resilience, agency and capability.

By
Diego Sanchez-Ancochea
16 Jun, 2017

What do we mean by 'development studies'? Reflections after 20 years of the MPhil

On Friday 2 June we welcomed many former students back to Oxford to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the MPhil in Development Studies. It was a great opportunity to consider the evolution of the degree and...

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