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
20 Jul, 2015
Alexander Betts Awarded Title of Professor in Recognition of Distinction Exercise
17 Jul, 2015
New RSC Report: Refugee Innovation Contributes to Humanitarian Solutions
17 Jul, 2015
New RSC Report: Refugee Innovation Contributes to Humanitarian Solutions
22 Jun, 2015
Alexander Betts Interviewed on Global Displacement Figures on Al Jazeera
01 Jun, 2015
Cathryn Costello argues for 'a global, organised resettlement programme for Syrians and those who have fled Syria'
18 May, 2015
Call for Papers: IMI's 10-Year Anniversary Conference, The Changing Face of Global Mobility
08 May, 2015
Forced Migration Review 49 on Disasters and Displacement in a Changing Climate Now Online
29 Apr, 2015
Alexander Betts Writes on Mediterranean Crisis in The Guardian
20 Apr, 2015
Alexander Betts Speaks to NYT about Syrian Crisis
09 Mar, 2015
Kirsten McConnachie Joint Winner of 2015 Socio-Legal Studies Association Early Career Book Prize


24 Sep, 2015
'Let Refugees Fly to Europe'. Alexander Betts argues for humanitarian visas in NYT article
20 Sep, 2015
'Human migration will be a defining issue of this century. How best to cope?'. Alexander Betts writes for the Observer
03 Aug, 2015
'The art of self-reliance: stories from the refugees who stay'. Evan Easton-Calabria writes for openDemocracy
24 Feb, 2014
'Decisions on refugee rights should not all fall to judges'. Cathryn Costello writes for Irish Times