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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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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Rethinking refuge
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Refugees, social protection and digital technologies in times of the “refugee crisis”
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27 Nov, 2017
New RSC report explores local politics and Syrian refugee crisis
09 Nov, 2017
New report from Deloitte, RSC explores Syrian refugees' economic potential
07 Nov, 2017
Wolfson hosts exhibition of photographs from project on India’s internal migrants
07 Nov, 2017
New report assesses brands’ approach to refugee workers in Turkish garment industry
03 Nov, 2017
RSC wins major new funding from IKEA Foundation for research on refugee economies
26 Oct, 2017
RSC nominated for Market Research Society's President's Medal 2017
06 Oct, 2017
Forced Migration Review 56 on Latin America and Caribbean now online
02 Oct, 2017
Matthew Gibney becomes Director of Refugee Studies Centre
01 Sep, 2017
International Migration Institute closes
14 Aug, 2017
New article by Naohiko Omata explores political dynamics in Liberian refugee camp

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22 Jan, 2017
'Refugees can be used as a political resource to help those left behind'. Alexander Betts writes in The Observer
17 Jan, 2017
'Righting the wrongs of the refugee system'. Alexander Betts interviewed by Center for Public Impact
11 Jan, 2017
'Uganda’s unsung heroes of refugee protection'. Georgia Cole writes for Open Democracy
09 Jan, 2017
'I saw this risk aversion as an opportunity to reframe my study around that very dilemma'. Ruben Andersson interviewed on BBC's Thinking Allowed about research on 'danger zones'
08 Jan, 2017
'World Hacks: Jobs for Syrian Refugees'. Alexander Betts interviewed by BBC
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

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