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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08 May, 2015
Forced Migration Review 49 on Disasters and Displacement in a Changing Climate Now Online
29 Apr, 2015
Alexander Betts Writes on Mediterranean Crisis in The Guardian
20 Apr, 2015
Alexander Betts Speaks to NYT about Syrian Crisis
09 Mar, 2015
Kirsten McConnachie Joint Winner of 2015 Socio-Legal Studies Association Early Career Book Prize
25 Feb, 2015
Hein de Haas Awarded ERC Consolidator Grant to Research 'Migration as Development'
24 Feb, 2015
Call for Papers: Humanitarian Innovation Conference 2015
09 Jan, 2015
New Blog Post: Hein de Haas on the Side Effects of Immigration Policies
09 Jan, 2015
'Transformation through innovation': Forbes Reports on Recent Paper by RSC's Alexander Betts and Louise Bloom
19 Dec, 2014
New Blog Post: Dawn Chatty and Sarah Wahby on Educational Opportunities for Syrian Refugees
19 Nov, 2014
Forced Migration Review 48 on Faith and Responses to Displacement Now Online