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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Teaming research and theatre to create dialogues on migration
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Refugees and renewable energy: the nature of refugee demand for sustainable energy in humanitarian...
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Gender in humanitarian policy and practice
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The resilience challenge in the midst of complex emergencies: a broader understanding of livelihoo...
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Beyond solutions? Pushing the development agenda in refugee assistance – data, drivers, dynamics a...
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Participation of Turkish migrants in the public sphere via trade unions in selected European state...
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Architectures of Displacement
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The Global Governed? Refugees as Providers of Protection and Assistance
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Refugees are Migrants: Refugee Mobility, Recognition and Rights (REF-MIG)
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Blair Peruniak
Research Student
Samuel Ritholtz
Research Student
Cory Rodgers
Senior Researcher
Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen
Research Student
Tom Scott-Smith
Associate Professor of Refugee Studies and Forced Migration
Greta Semplici
Research Student
Uttara Shahani
Postdoctoral Researcher - Borders, Global Governance and the Refugee 1947-1951
Angela Sherwood
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Refugees are Migrants: Refugee Mobility, Recognition and Rights
Olivier Sterck
Senior Research Officer – Refugee Economies Programme

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03 Jun, 2020
New book co-edited by Tom Scott-Smith explores refugee shelter
23 Apr, 2020
New article by Anne Irfan explores relationship between PLO and UNRWA
17 Apr, 2020
New special issue co-edited by Evan Easton-Calabria examines refugee self-reliance
16 Apr, 2020
New book by Tom Scott-Smith studies the history of hunger relief
08 Apr, 2020
Alexander Betts named Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences
07 Apr, 2020
New RSC book analyses how refugees can act as providers of social protection
30 Mar, 2020
New article from RSC explores role of mayors in response to refugee arrivals in Turkey and Lebanon
26 Mar, 2020
Tom Scott-Smith named one of ten new BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers
05 Mar, 2020
Latest issue of Forced Migration Review on 'Cities and towns' now online
17 Jan, 2020
New book by Robin Cohen, Nicholas Van Hear sets out proposal for transnational polity for refugees

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29 Apr, 2019
'Sex discrimination in British immigration law is likely to get worse after Brexit'. Catherine Briddick writes for the Conversation
28 Mar, 2019
'"Self-reliance" for refugees? Badly handled it can make matters worse'. Evan Easton-Calabria writes for The Conversation
27 Feb, 2019
'Why Venezuelan migrants need to be regarded as refugees'. Alexander Betts writes for IRIN
21 Feb, 2019
'Why Sajid Javid’s decision on Shamima Begum cheapened British citizenship'. Matthew Gibney writes for Metro
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

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