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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27 Nov, 2012
New Book: The Social, Political and Historical Contours of Deportation Co-edited by Matthew Gibney
19 Nov, 2012
RSC's Humanitarian Innovation Project Features in The Independent
12 Nov, 2012
Humanitarian Innovation Project Launch Event
09 Nov, 2012
Call for Papers: Exploring Migration Dynamics: Networks and Beyond
09 Nov, 2012
Forced Migration Review Launches 25th Anniversary Collection
06 Nov, 2012
Nando Sigona Interviewed by Voice of Russia on Children at Risk of Statelessness in UK
05 Nov, 2012
Former Special Assistant to Obama to Give RSC Lecture on Refugees and Human Rights
18 Oct, 2012
World Disasters Report Edited by Roger Zetter Launched
10 Oct, 2012
Nando Sigona, Agnieszka Kubal Win Teaching Excellence Awards
17 Sep, 2012
RSC Launches $600,000 Project on Role of Innovation, Technology and Private Sector in Refugee Protection