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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18 Sep, 2014
Forced Migration Review Supplement on Innovation and Refugees Now Online
15 Sep, 2014
New Blog: Cynthia Orchard on EU Policy and Refugees from Syria
04 Sep, 2014
Marie-Laurence Flahaux and Hein de Haas Win Rinus Penninx Best Paper Award
03 Sep, 2014
Forced Migration Review 47 on The Syria Crisis, Displacement and Protection Now Online
28 Aug, 2014
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh Appointed Lecturer in Human Geography at UCL
19 Aug, 2014
New Blog: Hein de Haas on Seven Myths About Migration
18 Aug, 2014
Dawn Chatty Interviewed by Syria Deeply on Clashes Between ISIS and Bedouin Tribes
12 Aug, 2014
Matthew Gibney Awarded Title of Professor in Recognition of Distinction Exercise
28 Jul, 2014
Kerilyn Schewel Awarded MSc in Migration Studies Dissertation Prize
28 Jul, 2014
Karen Hargrave Awarded MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies Best Thesis Prize