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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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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An ethnography of policy stability, change and subversion in the distribution of asylum responsibi...
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India’s emerging ‘rurbans’
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Precarious politics: nationalism and pragmatism among Palestinian refugee youth
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Creating a domestic refugee regime in Kenya: the transfer of the management of refugee affairs fro...
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Aural borders, audible migrations: Sound and citizenship in Athens
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Civil humanitarianism and the politics of refugee solidarity
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23 May, 2017
New article co-authored by Mathias Czaika explores visa restrictions
16 May, 2017
Alexander Betts appointed to new World Refugee Council, launched today
27 Apr, 2017
Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen wins 2017 Frederick Soddy postgraduate award
21 Mar, 2017
New book: Refuge by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier
15 Mar, 2017
RSC conference to reflect on role of Refugee Studies
15 Mar, 2017
New report on EU’s relocation of asylum seekers from Greece and Italy to other Member States
09 Feb, 2017
Forced Migration Review 54 on Resettlement now online
18 Jan, 2017
New book on EU asylum policies by RSC's Natascha Zaun
12 Jan, 2017
Tom Scott-Smith wins ESRC-AHRC award for project on Architectures of Displacement
12 Dec, 2016
Alexander Betts, Paul Collier named as 2016 Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy

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10 Dec, 2016
'We will see displacement and mobility as defining issues of the 21st century'. Alexander Betts quoted in New York Times
03 Nov, 2016
'Give refugees basic human freedoms and everyone will be better off'. Alexander Betts featured by WIRED
28 Oct, 2016
'Women and Young Girls at Risk as Camps in Calais Are Cleared'. Marie Godin writes for Refugees Deeply
19 Oct, 2016
'Beyond war and peace: migration management in Libya'. Julien Brachet writes for The Broker
18 Oct, 2016
'Why Uganda is one of the world’s most hospitable refugee destinations'. Alexander Betts speaks to PBS Newshour
03 Oct, 2016
'Disenfranchised citizens, unfree labour: The social and political exclusion of India’s internal circular migrants'. Indrajit Roy writes for openDemocracy
22 Sep, 2016
'Leaders must recognize migrants as human not hapless'. Robtel Neajai Pailey writes for Huffington Post
20 Sep, 2016
'The question that remains is what kinds of pledges will be made and followed through on'. Alexander Betts quoted in Guardian article on US-led Leaders Summit on Refugees
20 Sep, 2016
'UN summit on refugees fails to offer solutions'. Alexander Betts writes for Irish Times
18 Sep, 2016
'UN and White House summits could offer a ray of hope to those stuck in camps'. Alexander Betts writes for the Observer

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