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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15 Aug, 2012
Forced Migration Review 40 on 'Being Young and Out of Place' Now Online
18 Jul, 2012
Andrew W Mellon University Lecturership in International Human Rights and Refugee Law
19 Jun, 2012
Forced Migration Review 39 on North Africa and Displacement Now Online
12 Jun, 2012
Podcast of Annual Elisabeth Colson Lecture by Alessandro Monsutti Now Available
11 Jun, 2012
Nando Sigona Co-edits Special Issue on Roma in New EU
30 May, 2012
IMI's Agnieszka Kubal Publishes New Book on Migrants' Attitudes to the Law
18 May, 2012
Economist Features Nando Sigona's Research on Migrant Children in UK
15 May, 2012
New Report Highlights Plight of Irregular Migrant Children in UK
10 Apr, 2012
RSC Staff, Associates Edit OUP Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies
26 Mar, 2012
IMI March 2012 Newsletter Now Online