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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The remittance debate reconsidered: Reverse remittance practice among Ghanaian migrants in the UK...
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Humanitarian nutrition
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Emergency shelter
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Refugee economies in Uganda: creating new market-based opportunities
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Survival migration: refugee or voluntary migrant?
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Refugee youth: agency and aspiration
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Digital diaspora diplomacy
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The politics of the Syrian refugee crisis
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To what extent is UNHCR's intervention in Afghanistan shaped by incentives in the humanitaria...
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Gunvor Jonsson
Departmental Lecturer in Migration and Development
Emre Eren Korkmaz
Newton International Fellow
Diletta Lauro
Research Student
Muireann Meehan Speed
Research Student
Alejandro Olayo Mendez
Research Student
Naohiko Omata
Senior Research Officer (Social Sciences), Humanitarian Innovation Project, RSC
Blair Peruniak
Research Student
Kate Pincock
Research Officer, 'The Global Governed', RSC
Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen
Research Student (PRS)

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18 Nov, 2016
New book: Mobilising the Diaspora: How Refugees Challenge Authoritarianism by Alexander Betts and will Jones
03 Nov, 2016
Cathryn Costello wins ERC Starting Grant for 'Refugees are Migrants' project
01 Nov, 2016
Guardian's Patrick Kingsley gives Annual Harrell Bond Lecture on Reporting Refugees
28 Sep, 2016
Forced Migration Review 53 on local community responses to displacement now online
20 Sep, 2016
Alexander Betts speaks at UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants side event on self-reliance
14 Sep, 2016
Call for papers: Beyond Crisis: Rethinking Refugee Studies
11 Aug, 2016
ODID welcomes Ruben Andersson as new Associate Professor
06 Jul, 2016
Rinus Penninx Best Paper Award goes to IMI's Ali Chaudhary
01 Jul, 2016
Alexander Betts wins Vice Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement for work on refugee economies
21 Jun, 2016
From Fortress Europe to Sanctuary Europe: RSC hosts Refugee Week 2016 conference

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05 Feb, 2017
'The human cost for Central Americans could be very big'. Diego Sanchez-Ancochea comments in Sunday Times as Mexico floats end to border cooperation with US
01 Feb, 2017
'Why is architecture failing refugees?'. Mark Breeze interviewed on Radio 4' Four Thought
22 Jan, 2017
'Refugees can be used as a political resource to help those left behind'. Alexander Betts writes in The Observer
17 Jan, 2017
'Righting the wrongs of the refugee system'. Alexander Betts interviewed by Center for Public Impact
11 Jan, 2017
'Uganda’s unsung heroes of refugee protection'. Georgia Cole writes for Open Democracy
09 Jan, 2017
'I saw this risk aversion as an opportunity to reframe my study around that very dilemma'. Ruben Andersson interviewed on BBC's Thinking Allowed about research on 'danger zones'
08 Jan, 2017
'World Hacks: Jobs for Syrian Refugees'. Alexander Betts interviewed by BBC
10 Dec, 2016
'We will see displacement and mobility as defining issues of the 21st century'. Alexander Betts quoted in New York Times
03 Nov, 2016
'Give refugees basic human freedoms and everyone will be better off'. Alexander Betts featured by WIRED
28 Oct, 2016
'Women and Young Girls at Risk as Camps in Calais Are Cleared'. Marie Godin writes for Refugees Deeply

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