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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In the media
Participation of Turkish migrants in the public sphere via trade unions in selected European state...
Architectures of Displacement
The Global Governed? Refugees as Providers of Protection and Assistance
Refugees are Migrants: Refugee Mobility, Recognition and Rights (REF-MIG)


20 Nov, 2015
ODID to Host Radio 4's The World Tonight for Panel Discussion on Migration and Social Cohesion
17 Nov, 2015
IMI Announces Programme for 10-Year Anniversary Conference
04 Sep, 2015
RSC Director Alexander Betts Comments Across Media on Refugee Crisis
03 Sep, 2015
Forced Migration Review 50 on Dayton +20 Now Online
31 Aug, 2015
Anna Wherry Awarded 2014-15 MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies Best Thesis Prize
29 Jul, 2015
Alexander Betts Discusses Idea of Refugee Nation on BBC Radio 4: 'There are Better Solutions'
23 Jul, 2015
MSc in Migration Studies Dissertation Prize Awarded to Yan Matusevich
21 Jul, 2015
Dawn Chatty Elected Fellow of British Academy
21 Jul, 2015
Dawn Chatty Elected Fellow of British Academy
20 Jul, 2015
Alexander Betts Awarded Title of Professor in Recognition of Distinction Exercise


05 Aug, 2016
'Destination Europe: Final Thoughts'. Alexander Betts interviewed on BBC World Service's The Compass
13 Jul, 2016
'Brexit: avoiding the wrong conclusions'. Alexander Betts interviewed by Refugees Deeply
11 Jul, 2016
Four post-Brexit steps toward a more inclusive world. Alexander Betts on TEDTalks
08 Jun, 2016
'If we empower refugees, they will help themselves and their host societies'. Alexander Betts talks to PBS Newshour
25 May, 2016
'Would a new international convention help refugees?'. Cathryn Costello speaks to BBC World Service's The Inquiry
25 May, 2016
'The refugee crisis - match us if you can'. Will Jones and Alex Teytelboym's refugee matching proposal featured in Financial Times
16 May, 2016
'Smuggling doesn’t cause migration, it responds to an underlying demand to migrate'. Alexander Betts interviewed on BBC about Operation Sophia
03 Mar, 2016
'How we can fix our failing refugee system'. A talk by Alexander Betts at TED2016
29 Jan, 2016
'We seem to be globally in ethical free fall'. Alexander Betts speaks to CNN's Amanpour
12 Jan, 2016
'5 ways to better engage with bottom-up innovations by refugees'. Louise Bloom writes for UNHCR Innovation