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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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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Migration and humanitarian aid along the migration corridor in Mexico
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Muireann Meehan Speed
Research Student
Caroline Nalule
Research Officer, Refugees are Migrants: Refugee Mobility, Recognition and Rights
Alejandro Olayo Mendez
Research Student
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
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Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen
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19 Feb, 2019
Alumnus Matthew Albert wins award for refugee advocacy work
04 Feb, 2019
'Refuge' shortlisted for Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize 2019
22 Jan, 2019
New RSC report assesses impact of Uganda's self-reliance strategy for refugees
28 Nov, 2018
The Myth of Self-Reliance by Naohiko Omata wins Honourable Mention award
13 Nov, 2018
New article by Emre Eren Korkmaz explores involvement of Turkish immigrant workers in German trade unions
07 Nov, 2018
New article co-authored by Ruben Andersson compares fights against terrorism, drugs and irregular migration
25 Oct, 2018
Alexander Betts gives evidence to House of Commons International Development Committee
16 Oct, 2018
New book edited by alumna Carolin Fischer and Robin Cohen: Routledge Handbook of Diaspora Studies
20 Aug, 2018
New RSC report compares self-reliance and aid models in two Kenya refugee settlements
01 Aug, 2018
Marie Godin wins British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship

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20 Feb, 2018
'Kenyan study sheds new light on gap between refugees and host communities'. Alexander Betts writes for The Conversation
06 Feb, 2018
'Is Turkey really facing an "exodus"? It's not that simple'. Emre Eren Korkmaz writes for The Conversation
21 Jan, 2018
'In an illiberal world order, we need new ways to defend human rights'. Alexander Betts writes for the Observer
15 Dec, 2017
The Jordan Compact – 'an extraordinary pilot from which there will be many lessons'. Alexander Betts quoted in Guardian about a scheme to facilitate employment of Syrian refugees in Jordan
09 Oct, 2017
'Refugees good for the economy'. Alexander Betts interviewed on ABC Radio National
05 Sep, 2017
'The Hazards of Giving Shelter'. 'Refuge' by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier reviewed in the Wall Street Journal
28 Aug, 2017
'The Western belief that refugees are a burden is the root cause of today’s global crisis'. Alexander Betts featured in Quartz
01 Aug, 2017
'Empowering refugees in times of crisis'. Alexander Betts interviewed by the Council on Foreign Relations
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

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