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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26 Mar, 2013
BLOG: Dawn Chatty on a Visit to the Za'tari Camp for Syrian Refugees
21 Mar, 2013
Hugh Brody to Give 2013 Elizabeth Colson Lecture on Khomani San
20 Mar, 2013
RSC's Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh to Co-edit New Book Series on Religion and Global Migrations
20 Mar, 2013
BLOG: Mathias Czaika on Aspirations and Capabilites in Migration Processes
13 Feb, 2013
BLOG: Melissa Siegel on Understanding Afghan Migration
09 Jan, 2013
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh Wins IASFM Lisa Gilad Prize for Research on Faith and Humanitarianism
06 Dec, 2012
Forced Migration Review 41 on Preventing Displacement Now Online
04 Dec, 2012
RSC Marks 30th Anniversary with Conference on Understanding Global Refugee Policy
30 Nov, 2012
IMI's Hein de Haas quoted in New York Times on Treatment of Migrants in Morocco
28 Nov, 2012
IMI Issues Final Report on Using Scenarios to Explore Future Migration in Horn of Africa and Yemen