Migration and Refugees in a Global Context

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 forced migration and migration studies, including internal and international displacement driven by conflict, poverty and insecurity. In a world where almost all refugees come from the global South, our research engages in the analysis, modelling and understanding of migration flows, both between the global South and the global North, and within regions of the global South.

Along with individual faculty members, the research group working on this theme is the internationally renowned Refugee Studies Centre, winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2002. Research in the department has particularly focussed on Africa, the Middle East and Europe and has been influential in its exploration of the economic impact of forced migration on host communities; urbanisation, inclusion and the governance of migration; citizenship, deportation and refugee law; humanitarianism and forced migration; refugee self-reliance and agency; and the history, development, and consequences of border control regimes.

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News
21 Mar, 2017
New book: Refuge by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier
15 Mar, 2017
New report on EU’s relocation of asylum seekers from Greece and Italy to other Member States
15 Mar, 2017
RSC conference to reflect on role of Refugee Studies
09 Feb, 2017
Forced Migration Review 54 on Resettlement now online
18 Jan, 2017
New book on EU asylum policies by RSC's Natascha Zaun
12 Jan, 2017
Tom Scott-Smith wins ESRC-AHRC award for project on Architectures of Displacement
12 Dec, 2016
Alexander Betts, Paul Collier named as 2016 Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy
06 Dec, 2016
Cathryn Costello wins Odysseus Network Prize for 'The Human Rights of Migrants and Refugees in European Law'
21 Nov, 2016
New book on refugee economies by HIP team
18 Nov, 2016
New book: Mobilising the Diaspora: How Refugees Challenge Authoritarianism by Alexander Betts and will Jones

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