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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Migrants at work
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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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Cathryn Costello
Andrew W Mellon Associate Professor of International Human Rights and Refugee Law
Faith Cowling
Research Student
Evan Easton-Calabria
Research Assistant, 'The Global Governed', RSC
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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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
14 Feb, 2018
New article by Tom Scott-Smith reviews World Disasters Report 2016 on Resilience
12 Feb, 2018
International Migration Institute relaunches as IMIn
06 Feb, 2018
New book by Dawn Chatty - Syria: The Making and Unmaking of a Refuge State
09 Jan, 2018
New article by Georgia Cole explores how documents shape UNHCR's behaviour
09 Jan, 2018
New article by Tom Scott-Smith explores 'stickiness' in humanitarian technologies

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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
26 Jul, 2017
'The economist who wants to put refugees to work'. Bloomberg Businessweek features RSC Director Alexander Betts.
23 May, 2017
'Legal invisibility was the best thing to happen to me'. Robtel Neajai Pailey writes for Al Jazeera
15 Apr, 2017
'How to improve prospects for refugees'. Refuge by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier reviewed in the Economist
12 Apr, 2017
'Can Uganda’s progressive refugee policies survive the influx of people fleeing South Sudan?'. Alexander Betts writes for the Conversation

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