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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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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Tom Scott-Smith
Associate Professor of Refugee Studies and Forced Migration

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30 Aug, 2019
Cathryn Costello awarded title of Professor in 2019 Recognition of Distinction exercise
23 Jul, 2019
New report co-authored by Ruben Andersson explores impact of Europe’s outsourcing of migration controls
04 Jul, 2019
New special issue co-edited by Ruben Andersson explores return of ‘remoteness’
01 Jul, 2019
Forced Migration Review 61 on ethics now online
28 Jun, 2019
RSC launch new Rethinking Refuge platform
15 May, 2019
Robtel Neajai Pailey to give keynote at Development Studies Association Conference
08 May, 2019
New article by Catherine Briddick investigates gender discrimination in UK immigration law
18 Apr, 2019
New article by Naohiko Omata examines complexity of refugee-host economic relationships
17 Apr, 2019
Memoirs in My Suitcase: new exhibition at the Pitt Rivers museum
25 Mar, 2019
New book by Ruben Andersson explores how the West has created a 'political geography of fear'

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18 Dec, 2018
'Inaccuracies spreading about UN migration pact'. Cathryn Costello contributes to Full Fact article on UN global compact on migration
13 Dec, 2018
'The Responsibility to Protect: Time to move on?'. Noele Crossley writes for In the Long Run
23 Nov, 2018
'Refuge, Reformed'. Alex Betts writes about innovations in Kenyan refugee camps for Foreign Policy
14 Oct, 2018
Race-based citizenship in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Robtel Neajai Pailey discusses her postdoctoral work on BBC World Service's Weekend
05 Oct, 2018
'How Europe Can Reform Its Migration Policy'. Alexander Betts and Paul Collier write in Foreign Affairs
19 Sep, 2018
'Refugees expert: ‘More displacement’ to come as returning Syrians face myriad obstacles back home'. Syria Direct interviews Ali Ali
06 Jul, 2018
'Fear versus reality when it comes to migration'. Alexander Betts interviewed on CNN's Amanpour
27 Jun, 2018
'What Europe could learn from the way Africa treats refugees'. Alexander Betts writes for the Guardian
22 Feb, 2018
'Don’t Make African Nations Borrow Money to Support Refugees'. Alexander Betts writes for Foreign Policy
20 Feb, 2018
'Kenyan study sheds new light on gap between refugees and host communities'. Alexander Betts writes for The Conversation

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