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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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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Emergency shelter
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Robin Cohen
Professor Emeritus of Development Studies
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
Marie Godin
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow
Emre Eren Korkmaz
Departmental Lecturer in Migration and Development
Diletta Lauro
Research Student
Muireann Meehan Speed
Research Student

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27 Feb, 2019
Cathryn Costello appointed visiting professor at Norwegian Centre for Human Rights
27 Feb, 2019
ODID alumni set up new online magazine to explore migration
19 Feb, 2019
Alumnus Matthew Albert wins award for refugee advocacy work
04 Feb, 2019
'Refuge' shortlisted for Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize 2019
22 Jan, 2019
New RSC report assesses impact of Uganda's self-reliance strategy for refugees
28 Nov, 2018
The Myth of Self-Reliance by Naohiko Omata wins Honourable Mention award
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

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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
05 Sep, 2017
'The Hazards of Giving Shelter'. 'Refuge' by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier reviewed in the Wall Street Journal

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