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, 2016
Indrajit Roy Attends OECD Meeting on Migration as Invited Expert
16 Mar, 2016
Alexander Betts Named 2016 Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum
24 Feb, 2016
ODID Alumni Create New Open Access 'Beyond Trafficking and Slavery' E-Syllabus
02 Feb, 2016
New York Times Highlights New Proposal for 'Refugee Matching' from Will Jones of RSC and Alexander Teytelboym
29 Jan, 2016
New Book: The Human Rights of Migrants and Refugees in European Law by Cathryn Costello
25 Jan, 2016
Thinking Migration: New Report Celebrates 10 Years of the International Migration Institute
13 Jan, 2016
International Migration Institute Holds 10-Year Anniversary Conference
06 Jan, 2016
Forced Migration Review 51 Exploring 'Migration Crisis' in Europe Now Online
05 Jan, 2016
New Book Co-edited by Oliver Bakewell: Beyond Networks - Feedback in International Migration
20 Nov, 2015
ODID to Host Radio 4's The World Tonight for Panel Discussion on Migration and Social Cohesion

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