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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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
13 Nov, 2014
Dawn Chatty Discusses Syria Refugee Crisis on BBC Radio 5 Live
07 Nov, 2014
New Blog Post: Hein de Haas on Feigning Immigration Control
06 Nov, 2014
Cathryn Costello Wins Teaching Excellence Award to Enhance Course on International Human Rights and Refugee Law
23 Oct, 2014
Evelyn Ersanilli Wins Teaching Excellence Award
17 Oct, 2014
IMI Wins Funding from EC FP7, Norface for Two New Projects