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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07 Jul, 2014
International Summer School in Forced Migration Opens
04 Jul, 2014
New Book: Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies
20 Jun, 2014
On World Refugee Day, RSC Launches Report Showing Positive Impact of Refugees on Host Countries
16 Jun, 2014
ODID Hosts Professor Peggy Levitt as Astor Visiting Lecturer
12 Jun, 2014
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh Awarded Henry Luce Grant to Study Gender in Faith-Based Responses to Displacement in Syria
11 Jun, 2014
New Blog Post: Stacy Topouzova on Syrian Refugees in Istanbul
16 May, 2014
New Book: Governing Refugees: Justice, Order and Legal Pluralism by Kirsten McConnachie
16 May, 2014
Evelyn Ersanilli shortlisted for Student Union Teaching Award
12 May, 2014
Forced Migration Review 46 on Afghanistan's Displaced People Now Online
24 Apr, 2014
Work of RSC, IMI Highlighted in Oxford Today