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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Geraldine Adiku
Research Student
Ali Ali
Departmental Lecturer in Forced Migration
Ruben Andersson
Associate Professor of Migration and Development
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
Robin Cohen
Professor Emeritus of Development Studies

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22 Feb, 2018
Forced Migration Review 57 on Syrians in displacement now online
20 Feb, 2018
What difference does it make to be a refugee? RSC publishes new report on Refugee Economies in Kenya
14 Feb, 2018
New article by Tom Scott-Smith reviews World Disasters Report 2016 on Resilience
12 Feb, 2018
International Migration Institute relaunches as IMIn
06 Feb, 2018
New book by Dawn Chatty - Syria: The Making and Unmaking of a Refuge State
09 Jan, 2018
New article by Georgia Cole explores how documents shape UNHCR's behaviour
09 Jan, 2018
New article by Tom Scott-Smith explores 'stickiness' in humanitarian technologies
04 Jan, 2018
New RSC report explores 'responsibility-sharing' in global refugee regime
04 Jan, 2018
Gunvor Jónsson wins Special Commendation Award in Enhancing Teaching Programme
19 Dec, 2017
New article by Lilian Tsourdi explores solidarity in administration of European asylum system

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22 Feb, 2018
'Don’t Make African Nations Borrow Money to Support Refugees'. Alexander Betts writes for Foreign Policy
20 Feb, 2018
'Kenyan study sheds new light on gap between refugees and host communities'. Alexander Betts writes for The Conversation
06 Feb, 2018
'Is Turkey really facing an "exodus"? It's not that simple'. Emre Eren Korkmaz writes for The Conversation
21 Jan, 2018
'In an illiberal world order, we need new ways to defend human rights'. Alexander Betts writes for the Observer
15 Dec, 2017
The Jordan Compact – 'an extraordinary pilot from which there will be many lessons'. Alexander Betts quoted in Guardian about a scheme to facilitate employment of Syrian refugees in Jordan
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.

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