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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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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The remittance debate reconsidered: Reverse remittance practice among Ghanaian migrants in the UK...
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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
Dominique Jolivet
Research Assistant, EUMAGINE Project

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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
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

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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
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

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