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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Transnational migration, citizenship and the circulation of rights and responsibilities (TRANSMIC)...
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Migrants at work
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The human rights of migrants and refugees in European law
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International migration of medical doctors: trends, drivers and policies
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The liberal state and the expulsion of members: banishment, denationalisation and deportation
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Irregular migrant children and the right to education
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How the 'real' refugee is created and contested: inequalities, governmentality and agenc...
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The end of the railway line: Malian women, mobility and trade in Dakar
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Financial constraints, development, and migration: the role of social policy and financial develop...
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Robin Cohen
Professor Emeritus of Development Studies
Georgia Cole
Joyce Pearce Junior Research Fellow
Cathryn Costello
Andrew W Mellon Associate Professor of International Human Rights and Refugee Law
Faith Cowling
Research Student (PRS)
Evan Easton-Calabria
Research Assistant, 'The Global Governed', RSC
Marie-Laurence Flahaux
Research Officer
Matthew J Gibney
Elizabeth Colson Professor of Politics and Forced Migration and Director, Refugee Studies Centre
Marie Godin
Research Officer, Mobile Welfare Project
Barbara Harrell-Bond
Professor Emeritus

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01 Sep, 2017
International Migration Institute closes
14 Aug, 2017
New article by Naohiko Omata explores political dynamics in Liberian refugee camp
14 Aug, 2017
New article by Georgia Cole on rethinking role and value of refugee ‘label’
20 Jul, 2017
New book: The Myth of Self Reliance by Naohiko Omata
21 Jun, 2017
Forced Migration Review 55 on Shelter in Displacement now online
20 Jun, 2017
New issue paper co-authored by Cathryn Costello urges lifting of obstacles to refugee reunification
23 May, 2017
New article co-authored by Mathias Czaika explores visa restrictions
16 May, 2017
Alexander Betts appointed to new World Refugee Council, launched today
27 Apr, 2017
Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen wins 2017 Frederick Soddy postgraduate award
21 Mar, 2017
New book: Refuge by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier

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02 Apr, 2017
'Our best gift to refugees is a job near their home'. Refuge by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier reviewed in the Sunday Times
01 Apr, 2017
'The "British Model": Give Refugees Work'. Refuge by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier reveiwed in Standpoint
30 Mar, 2017
'What can we do about this global crisis?'. Refuge by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier reviewed in the Evening Standard
28 Mar, 2017
'The world’s refugee system can be fixed: here’s the ten-point plan to save lives and create hope'. Alexander Betts and Paul Collier write for iNews
28 Mar, 2017
'Radical ideas to fix refugee system'. Alexander Betts and Paul Collier interviewed by CNN's Christiane Amanpour
22 Mar, 2017
'Why denying refugees the right to work is a catastrophic error'. New book by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier extracted in the Guardian
28 Feb, 2017
'Around the world, refugees face significant restrictions on their economic lives'. Alexander Betts quoted in Guardian article on refugee entrepreneurs
20 Feb, 2017
'What is needed are strong regulations pertaining to wages and conditions at work, which would prevent all workers - local or migrant - from being exploited'. Indrajit Roy quoted in article for Hinudstan Times
19 Feb, 2017
'Are refugees good for the economy?'. Alexander Betts featured in Global Citizen magazine
07 Feb, 2017
'A combination of aspiration and desperation is fuelling migration in India'. Indrajit Roy interviewed by Hindustan Times

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