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 Dec, 2013
Call for Papers: Determinants of International Migration Conference
02 Dec, 2013
IMI to Host 7th Migration and Development Conference
19 Nov, 2013
New Edition of The Age of Migration Co-authored by Hein de Haas
15 Nov, 2013
Call for Papers: Humanitarian Innovation Conference 2014
22 Oct, 2013
Former MSc in Migration Studies Student Wins Best Dissertation Prize
25 Sep, 2013
Forced Migration Review 44 on Detention and Deportation Now Online
13 Aug, 2013
Yolanda Lee Wins MSc in Migration Studies Dissertation Prize
24 Jul, 2013
In memoriam: Belinda Allan
16 Jul, 2013
Hein de Haas Appointed Honorary Professor at Maastricht University
09 Jul, 2013
New Book: Survival Migration by Alexander Betts