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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Matthew Gibney Awarded Title of Professor in Recognition of Distinction Exercise
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Kerilyn Schewel Awarded MSc in Migration Studies Dissertation Prize
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Karen Hargrave Awarded MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies Best Thesis Prize
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New Book: Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies
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12 Jun, 2014
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh Awarded Henry Luce Grant to Study Gender in Faith-Based Responses to Displacement in Syria
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New Blog Post: Stacy Topouzova on Syrian Refugees in Istanbul