Migration and Refugees in a Global Context

The integration of global markets now permits free movement of capital, goods and services, but the same is not true of people. 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 refugee studies – including forced migration and internal displacement – in a world where almost all refugees come from developing countries; and in the analysis, modelling and understanding of international migration flows both between developing and developed countries, and within developing regions themselves.

Our strength in this field is due primarily to the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) and a group of migration-focussed academics in the department, who between 2006 and 2017 worked as part of the International Migration Institute (IMI).

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Rethinking refuge
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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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Greta Semplici
Research Student
Olivier Sterck
Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer
Evangelia (Lilian) Tsourdi
Departmental Lecturer in International Human Rights and Refugee Law
Robin Vandevoordt
Early Career Fellow in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies
Claire Walkey
Research Student
Tom Western
Early Career Fellow in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies
Matthew Willner-Reid
Research Student
Roger Zetter
Professor Emeritus of Refugee Studies
Barbara Zeus
Research Student

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14 Feb, 2018
New article by Tom Scott-Smith reviews World Disasters Report 2016 on Resilience
12 Feb, 2018
International Migration Institute relaunches as IMIn
06 Feb, 2018
New book by Dawn Chatty - Syria: The Making and Unmaking of a Refuge State
09 Jan, 2018
New article by Georgia Cole explores how documents shape UNHCR's behaviour
09 Jan, 2018
New article by Tom Scott-Smith explores 'stickiness' in humanitarian technologies
04 Jan, 2018
New RSC report explores 'responsibility-sharing' in global refugee regime
04 Jan, 2018
Gunvor Jónsson wins Special Commendation Award in Enhancing Teaching Programme
19 Dec, 2017
New article by Lilian Tsourdi explores solidarity in administration of European asylum system
08 Dec, 2017
New article by Ruben Andersson explores pitfalls of academic outreach
01 Dec, 2017
New RSC article explores variation in economic outcomes for refugees

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30 Mar, 2017
'What can we do about this global crisis?'. Refuge by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier reviewed in the Evening Standard
28 Mar, 2017
'The world’s refugee system can be fixed: here’s the ten-point plan to save lives and create hope'. Alexander Betts and Paul Collier write for iNews
28 Mar, 2017
'Radical ideas to fix refugee system'. Alexander Betts and Paul Collier interviewed by CNN's Christiane Amanpour
22 Mar, 2017
'Why denying refugees the right to work is a catastrophic error'. New book by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier extracted in the Guardian
28 Feb, 2017
'Around the world, refugees face significant restrictions on their economic lives'. Alexander Betts quoted in Guardian article on refugee entrepreneurs
20 Feb, 2017
'What is needed are strong regulations pertaining to wages and conditions at work, which would prevent all workers - local or migrant - from being exploited'. Indrajit Roy quoted in article for Hinudstan Times
19 Feb, 2017
'Are refugees good for the economy?'. Alexander Betts featured in Global Citizen magazine
07 Feb, 2017
'A combination of aspiration and desperation is fuelling migration in India'. Indrajit Roy interviewed by Hindustan Times
05 Feb, 2017
'The human cost for Central Americans could be very big'. Diego Sanchez-Ancochea comments in Sunday Times as Mexico floats end to border cooperation with US
01 Feb, 2017
'Why is architecture failing refugees?'. Mark Breeze interviewed on Radio 4' Four Thought

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