Migration and Refugees in a Global Context

The integration of global markets now permits free movement of capital, goods and services, but the same is not true of people. Migration in its various forms has become a central feature of international development in its economic, political, legal, social and cultural dimensions. Oxford now leads the world in research on this vital subject.

The department has recognised strength in the fields of refugee studies – including forced migration and internal displacement – in a world where almost all refugees come from developing countries; and in the analysis, modelling and understanding of international migration flows both between developing and developed countries, and within developing regions themselves.

Our strength in this field is due primarily to the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) and a group of migration-focussed academics in the department, who between 2006 and 2017 worked as part of the International Migration Institute (IMI).

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Building the plane as you fly it: young diasporan engagement in Ethiopian development
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Migrants in countries in crisis: Supporting an evidence-based approach for effective and cooperati...
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Family strategies of migrants in West Africa
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European welfare systems in times of mobility
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Refugees in international relations
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UNHCR and international cooperation
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International mobility, local economics and European cooperation policies in the central Sahara (M...
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Geraldine Adiku
Research Student
Ali Ali
Departmental Lecturer in Forced Migration
Ruben Andersson
Associate Professor of Migration and Development
Oliver Bakewell
Senior Research Officer and Associate Professor
Nora Bardelli
Research Student
Alexander Betts
Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs
Francesco Bosso
Research Student (PRS)
Mark Breeze
Research Officer, Architectures of Displacement Project
Dawn Chatty
Fellow Emeritus and Professor of Anthropology & Forced Migration

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08 Dec, 2017
New article by Ruben Andersson explores pitfalls of academic outreach
01 Dec, 2017
New RSC article explores variation in economic outcomes for refugees
27 Nov, 2017
New RSC report explores local politics and Syrian refugee crisis
09 Nov, 2017
New report from Deloitte, RSC explores Syrian refugees' economic potential
07 Nov, 2017
Wolfson hosts exhibition of photographs from project on India’s internal migrants
07 Nov, 2017
New report assesses brands’ approach to refugee workers in Turkish garment industry
03 Nov, 2017
RSC wins major new funding from IKEA Foundation for research on refugee economies
26 Oct, 2017
RSC nominated for Market Research Society's President's Medal 2017
06 Oct, 2017
Forced Migration Review 56 on Latin America and Caribbean now online
02 Oct, 2017
Matthew Gibney becomes Director of Refugee Studies Centre

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09 Oct, 2017
'Refugees good for the economy'. Alexander Betts interviewed on ABC Radio National
05 Sep, 2017
'The Hazards of Giving Shelter'. 'Refuge' by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier reviewed in the Wall Street Times
28 Aug, 2017
'The Western belief that refugees are a burden is the root cause of today’s global crisis'. Alexander Betts featured in Quartz
01 Aug, 2017
'Empowering refugees in times of crisis'. Alexander Betts interviewed by the Council on Foreign Relations
26 Jul, 2017
'The economist who wants to put refugees to work'. Bloomberg Businessweek features RSC Director Alexander Betts.
23 May, 2017
'Legal invisibility was the best thing to happen to me'. Robtel Neajai Pailey writes for Al Jazeera
15 Apr, 2017
'How to improve prospects for refugees'. Refuge by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier reviewed in the Economist
12 Apr, 2017
'Can Uganda’s progressive refugee policies survive the influx of people fleeing South Sudan?'. Alexander Betts writes for the Conversation
11 Apr, 2017
'How to fix the refugee crisis'. Alexander Betts writes in Prospect magazine
03 Apr, 2017
'The engagement of migrant workers into the local economy'. Emre Eren Korkmaz interviewed in the New European

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