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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News
In the media
16 Mar, 2016
Alexander Betts Named 2016 Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum
24 Feb, 2016
ODID Alumni Create New Open Access 'Beyond Trafficking and Slavery' E-Syllabus
02 Feb, 2016
New York Times Highlights New Proposal for 'Refugee Matching' from Will Jones of RSC and Alexander Teytelboym
29 Jan, 2016
New Book: The Human Rights of Migrants and Refugees in European Law by Cathryn Costello
25 Jan, 2016
Thinking Migration: New Report Celebrates 10 Years of the International Migration Institute
13 Jan, 2016
International Migration Institute Holds 10-Year Anniversary Conference
06 Jan, 2016
Forced Migration Review 51 Exploring 'Migration Crisis' in Europe Now Online
05 Jan, 2016
New Book Co-edited by Oliver Bakewell: Beyond Networks - Feedback in International Migration
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

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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
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

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