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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Building the plane as you fly it: young diasporan engagement in Ethiopian development
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Family strategies of migrants in West Africa
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European welfare systems in times of mobility
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Humanitarian innovation project
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Refugees in international relations
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UNHCR and international cooperation
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International mobility, local economics and European cooperation policies in the central Sahara (M...
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Geraldine Adiku
Research Student
Ali Ali
Departmental Lecturer in Forced Migration
Ruben Andersson
Associate Professor of Migration and Development
Nora Bardelli
Research Student
Alexander Betts
Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs
Francesco Bosso
Research Student (PRS)
Mark Breeze
Research Officer, Architectures of Displacement Project
Dawn Chatty
Fellow Emeritus and Professor of Anthropology & Forced Migration
Robin Cohen
Professor Emeritus of Development Studies

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20 Aug, 2018
New RSC report compares self-reliance and aid models in two Kenya refugee settlements
01 Aug, 2018
Marie Godin wins British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship
20 Jul, 2018
New article by Georgia Cole explores use of 'sensitive' interview questions
12 Jul, 2018
Barbara Harrell-Bond, OBE, 1932-2018
21 Jun, 2018
Forced Migration Review 58 on ‘Economies: rights and access to work’ now online
11 May, 2018
New article by Evan Easton-Calabria and Naohiko Omata critiques refugee 'self-reliance'
24 Apr, 2018
Alexander Betts sets marathon record to raise money for refugee charity
16 Mar, 2018
ODID welcomes Saja al Zoubi to research refugees and gender
22 Feb, 2018
Forced Migration Review 57 on Syrians in displacement now online
20 Feb, 2018
What difference does it make to be a refugee? RSC publishes new report on Refugee Economies in Kenya

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05 Oct, 2018
'How Europe Can Reform Its Migration Policy'. Alexander Betts and Paul Collier write in Foreign Affairs
19 Sep, 2018
'Refugees expert: ‘More displacement’ to come as returning Syrians face myriad obstacles back home'. Syria Direct interviews Ali Ali
06 Jul, 2018
'Fear versus reality when it comes to migration'. Alexander Betts interviewed on CNN's Amanpour
27 Jun, 2018
'What Europe could learn from the way Africa treats refugees'. Alexander Betts writes for the Guardian
22 Feb, 2018
'Don’t Make African Nations Borrow Money to Support Refugees'. Alexander Betts writes for Foreign Policy
20 Feb, 2018
'Kenyan study sheds new light on gap between refugees and host communities'. Alexander Betts writes for The Conversation
06 Feb, 2018
'Is Turkey really facing an "exodus"? It's not that simple'. Emre Eren Korkmaz writes for The Conversation
21 Jan, 2018
'In an illiberal world order, we need new ways to defend human rights'. Alexander Betts writes for the Observer
15 Dec, 2017
The Jordan Compact – 'an extraordinary pilot from which there will be many lessons'. Alexander Betts quoted in Guardian about a scheme to facilitate employment of Syrian refugees in Jordan
09 Oct, 2017
'Refugees good for the economy'. Alexander Betts interviewed on ABC Radio National

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