Migration and Refugees in a Global Context

The integration of global markets now permits free movement of capital, goods and services, but the same is not true of people. 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 refugee studies – including forced migration and internal displacement – in a world where almost all refugees come from developing countries; and in the analysis, modelling and understanding of international migration flows both between developing and developed countries, and within developing regions themselves.

Our strength in this field is due primarily to the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) and a group of migration-focussed academics in the department, who between 2006 and 2017 worked as part of the International Migration Institute (IMI).

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Emergency shelter
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Refugee economies in Uganda: creating new market-based opportunities
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Survival migration: refugee or voluntary migrant?
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Refugee youth: agency and aspiration
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Digital diaspora diplomacy
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The politics of the Syrian refugee crisis
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To what extent is UNHCR's intervention in Afghanistan shaped by incentives in the humanitaria...
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New dynamics of international refugee law
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Refugee economies
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Naohiko Omata
Senior Research Officer (Social Sciences), Humanitarian Innovation Project, RSC
Derya Ozkul
Research Officer, Refugees are Migrants: Refugee Mobility, Recognition and Rights
Robtel Neajai Pailey
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Blair Peruniak
Research Student
Caitlin Procter
Research Student
Anne-Line Rodriguez
Early Career Fellow in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies
Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen
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Tom Scott-Smith
Associate Professor of Refugee Studies and Forced Migration
Greta Semplici
Research Student

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24 Apr, 2018
Alexander Betts sets marathon record to raise money for refugee charity
16 Mar, 2018
ODID welcomes Saja al Zoubi to research refugees and gender
22 Feb, 2018
Forced Migration Review 57 on Syrians in displacement now online
20 Feb, 2018
What difference does it make to be a refugee? RSC publishes new report on Refugee Economies in Kenya
14 Feb, 2018
New article by Tom Scott-Smith reviews World Disasters Report 2016 on Resilience
12 Feb, 2018
International Migration Institute relaunches as IMIn
06 Feb, 2018
New book by Dawn Chatty - Syria: The Making and Unmaking of a Refuge State
09 Jan, 2018
New article by Georgia Cole explores how documents shape UNHCR's behaviour
09 Jan, 2018
New article by Tom Scott-Smith explores 'stickiness' in humanitarian technologies
04 Jan, 2018
New RSC report explores 'responsibility-sharing' in global refugee regime

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26 Jul, 2017
'The economist who wants to put refugees to work'. Bloomberg Businessweek features RSC Director Alexander Betts.
23 May, 2017
'Legal invisibility was the best thing to happen to me'. Robtel Neajai Pailey writes for Al Jazeera
15 Apr, 2017
'How to improve prospects for refugees'. Refuge by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier reviewed in the Economist
12 Apr, 2017
'Can Uganda’s progressive refugee policies survive the influx of people fleeing South Sudan?'. Alexander Betts writes for the Conversation
11 Apr, 2017
'How to fix the refugee crisis'. Alexander Betts writes in Prospect magazine
03 Apr, 2017
'The engagement of migrant workers into the local economy'. Emre Eren Korkmaz interviewed in the New European
02 Apr, 2017
'Our best gift to refugees is a job near their home'. Refuge by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier reviewed in the Sunday Times
01 Apr, 2017
'The "British Model": Give Refugees Work'. Refuge by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier reveiwed in Standpoint
30 Mar, 2017
'What can we do about this global crisis?'. Refuge by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier reviewed in the Evening Standard
28 Mar, 2017
'The world’s refugee system can be fixed: here’s the ten-point plan to save lives and create hope'. Alexander Betts and Paul Collier write for iNews

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