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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11 Mar, 2014
New Blog Post: Olivia Sheringham and Maria Villares Introduce New LAC Migration Network
10 Mar, 2014
New Special Issue: Emerging Issues in Refugee Policy Around the World
07 Mar, 2014
New Blog Post: Naohiko Omata and Josiah Kaplan on Refugee Livelihoods
04 Mar, 2014
Humanitarian Innovation Project Team Write on Improving Work with Refugees for Guardian
20 Feb, 2014
Call for Papers: Migration, Faith, and Action - Shifting the Discourse
13 Feb, 2014
Forced Migration Review 45 on Crisis Now Online
11 Feb, 2014
Registration Open for RSC's Refugee Voices Conference
10 Feb, 2014
ODID DPhil Students Win TORCH Competition for Conference on Faith and Migration
13 Jan, 2014
New Book - The Ideal Refugees: Gender, Islam, and the Sahrawi Politics of Survival by Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh
07 Jan, 2014
New Special Issue on Refugee and Diaspora Memories Co-edited by Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh