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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18 Jun, 2013
Cathryn Costello appointed Andrew W Mellon University Lecturer in International Human Rights and Refugee Law
13 Jun, 2013
MPhil Student Re Phillips Wins Fulbright Research Award to Study African Migration to Asia
05 Jun, 2013
Forced Migration Review 43 on States of Fragility Now Online
21 May, 2013
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh's Research on Faith Communities and Humanitarian Situations Cited in Guardian
29 Apr, 2013
Forced Migration Review 42 on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Protection of Forced Migrants Now Online
25 Apr, 2013
New Book: Transnational Religious Spaces by Olivia Sheringham
19 Apr, 2013
BLOG: Maria Villares-Varela on the Feminisation of Migration
17 Apr, 2013
Book Launch: Transnational Religious Spaces by Olivia Sheringham
08 Apr, 2013
BLOG: Melissa Siegel on Impact of Migration on Those Left Behind in Moldova
28 Mar, 2013
BLOG: Tom Scott-Smith on the Many Meanings of Humanitarianism