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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In the media
Refugee economies in Uganda: creating new market-based opportunities
Survival migration: refugee or voluntary migrant?
Refugee youth: agency and aspiration
The politics of the Syrian refugee crisis
To what extent is UNHCR's intervention in Afghanistan shaped by incentives in the humanitaria...
New dynamics of international refugee law
Refugee economies
Migration and humanitarian aid along the migration corridor in Mexico
Rethinking refuge


Emre Eren Korkmaz
Departmental Lecturer in Migration and Development
Loren Landau
Professor of Migration and Development
Diletta Lauro
Research Student
Isabelle Lemay
Research Student
Caroline Nalule
Research Officer, Refugees are Migrants: Refugee Mobility, Recognition and Rights
Maggie Neil
Research Student
Naohiko Omata
Associate Professor
Brian Oosthuizen
Research Student
Derya Ozkul
Senior Research Fellow


08 Feb, 2021
Gil Loescher memorial fund
25 Jan, 2021
New article by Tom Scott-Smith explores politics of humanitarian architecture
18 Nov, 2020
Anne Irfan wins Alixa Naff Article Prize for paper on Palestinian refugee education
13 Nov, 2020
'Shelter Without Shelter' wins Best Research Film in AHRC awards
06 Nov, 2020
Documentary Shelter Without Shelter shortlisted for AHRC film award
01 Oct, 2020
Tom Scott-Smith awarded Leverhulme Research Fellowship
22 Sep, 2020
New article co-authored by Marie Godin explores use of digital devices by migrants in transit
21 Sep, 2020
New article co-authored by Alexander Betts and Evan Easton-Calabria explores provision of assistance by refugees
24 Aug, 2020
New article by Catherine Briddick evaluates residence rights of migrant victims of domestic violence in Europe
20 Aug, 2020
Anne Irfan wins Contemporary Levant's Best Paper Award for 2020


31 Mar, 2020
'"Unprecedented" pandemic and the crisis of mobility in India'. DPhil Vyoma Dhar Sharma writes for the COMPAS blog
30 Mar, 2020
'The norms that hold together international refugee protection are in a perilous state'. Writing for World Politics Review, Matt Gibney asks how much has really changed since the 2015 refugee crisis
20 Mar, 2020
‘"Take me home": The coronavirus virus and panic mobility'. Robin Cohen writes about how humans can act as unwitting bearers of lethal viruses by moving rapidly away from known sites of infection
20 Dec, 2019
'Inclusive energy solutions in refugee camps'. DPhil Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen writes for Nature Energy
18 Nov, 2019
'The West’s Obsession With Border Security Is Breeding Instability'. Ruben Andersson and David Keen write for Foreign Policy magazine
23 Oct, 2019
'Nowhere to Go: How Governments in the Americas Are Bungling the Migration Crisis'. Alexander Betts writes for Foreign Affairs
27 Sep, 2019
'Anthropology at, and of, the Limit'. Ruben Andersson responds as part of an Allegralab book symposium about his new book 'No Go World'
13 Sep, 2019
'The Cobra Effect: “Fighting” Migration Gets Europe Nowhere'. Ruben Andersson interviewed about his new book 'No Go World' in the Green European Journal
24 Jun, 2019
'How the West is withdrawing into a bunker of its own making'. Ruben Andersson writes for The Conversation
14 Jun, 2019
'How fear is redrawing our maps and infecting our politics'. Ruben Andersson discusses his new book on The Majority Report