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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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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Mobility, temporality, and Africa’s future politics
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Claire Walkey
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Roger Zetter
Professor Emeritus of Refugee Studies
Barbara Zeus
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15 May, 2019
Robtel Neajai Pailey to give keynote at Development Studies Association Conference
08 May, 2019
New article by Catherine Briddick investigates gender discrimination in UK immigration law
18 Apr, 2019
New article by Naohiko Omata examines complexity of refugee-host economic relationships
17 Apr, 2019
Memoirs in My Suitcase: new exhibition at the Pitt Rivers museum
25 Mar, 2019
New book by Ruben Andersson explores how the West has created a 'political geography of fear'
14 Mar, 2019
RSC publishes new research brief on Venezuelan migration to Colombia
27 Feb, 2019
Cathryn Costello appointed visiting professor at Norwegian Centre for Human Rights
27 Feb, 2019
ODID alumni set up new online magazine to explore migration
19 Feb, 2019
Alumnus Matthew Albert wins award for refugee advocacy work
04 Feb, 2019
'Refuge' shortlisted for Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize 2019

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21 Jan, 2018
'In an illiberal world order, we need new ways to defend human rights'. Alexander Betts writes for the Observer
15 Dec, 2017
The Jordan Compact – 'an extraordinary pilot from which there will be many lessons'. Alexander Betts quoted in Guardian about a scheme to facilitate employment of Syrian refugees in Jordan
09 Oct, 2017
'Refugees good for the economy'. Alexander Betts interviewed on ABC Radio National
05 Sep, 2017
'The Hazards of Giving Shelter'. 'Refuge' by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier reviewed in the Wall Street Journal
28 Aug, 2017
'The Western belief that refugees are a burden is the root cause of today’s global crisis'. Alexander Betts featured in Quartz
01 Aug, 2017
'Empowering refugees in times of crisis'. Alexander Betts interviewed by the Council on Foreign Relations
26 Jul, 2017
'The economist who wants to put refugees to work'. Bloomberg Businessweek features RSC Director Alexander Betts.
23 May, 2017
'Legal invisibility was the best thing to happen to me'. Robtel Neajai Pailey writes for Al Jazeera
15 Apr, 2017
'How to improve prospects for refugees'. Refuge by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier reviewed in the Economist
12 Apr, 2017
'Can Uganda’s progressive refugee policies survive the influx of people fleeing South Sudan?'. Alexander Betts writes for the Conversation

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