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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17 Jul, 2015
New RSC Report: Refugee Innovation Contributes to Humanitarian Solutions
17 Jul, 2015
New RSC Report: Refugee Innovation Contributes to Humanitarian Solutions
22 Jun, 2015
Alexander Betts Interviewed on Global Displacement Figures on Al Jazeera
01 Jun, 2015
Cathryn Costello argues for 'a global, organised resettlement programme for Syrians and those who have fled Syria'
18 May, 2015
Call for Papers: IMI's 10-Year Anniversary Conference, The Changing Face of Global Mobility
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'