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 human rights of migrants and refugees in European law
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International migration of medical doctors: trends, drivers and policies
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The liberal state and the expulsion of members: banishment, denationalisation and deportation
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Irregular migrant children and the right to education
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How the 'real' refugee is created and contested: inequalities, governmentality and agenc...
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The end of the railway line: Malian women, mobility and trade in Dakar
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Financial constraints, development, and migration: the role of social policy and financial develop...
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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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Cathryn Costello
Andrew W Mellon Associate Professor of International Human Rights and Refugee Law
Faith Cowling
Research Student
Evan Easton-Calabria
Early Career Fellow, Rethinking Refuge
Matthew J Gibney
Elizabeth Colson Professor of Politics and Forced Migration and Director, Refugee Studies Centre
Emre Eren Korkmaz
Departmental Lecturer in Migration and Development
Diletta Lauro
Research Student
Muireann Meehan Speed
Research Student
Caroline Nalule
Research Officer, Refugees are Migrants: Refugee Mobility, Recognition and Rights
Alejandro Olayo Mendez
Research Student

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13 Nov, 2018
New article by Emre Eren Korkmaz explores involvement of Turkish immigrant workers in German trade unions
07 Nov, 2018
New article co-authored by Ruben Andersson compares fights against terrorism, drugs and irregular migration
25 Oct, 2018
Alexander Betts gives evidence to House of Commons International Development Committee
16 Oct, 2018
New book edited by alumna Carolin Fischer and Robin Cohen: Routledge Handbook of Diaspora Studies
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'

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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
05 Sep, 2017
'The Hazards of Giving Shelter'. 'Refuge' by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier reviewed in the Wall Street Journal
28 Aug, 2017
'The Western belief that refugees are a burden is the root cause of today’s global crisis'. Alexander Betts featured in Quartz
01 Aug, 2017
'Empowering refugees in times of crisis'. Alexander Betts interviewed by the Council on Foreign Relations

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