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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Remains: Exploring New Frontiers of Fear, Indifference and Love in the Mediterranean
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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
22 Jan, 2019
New RSC report assesses impact of Uganda's self-reliance strategy for refugees
28 Nov, 2018
The Myth of Self-Reliance by Naohiko Omata wins Honourable Mention award
13 Nov, 2018
New article by Emre Eren Korkmaz explores involvement of Turkish immigrant workers in German trade unions

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12 Apr, 2017
'Can Uganda’s progressive refugee policies survive the influx of people fleeing South Sudan?'. Alexander Betts writes for the Conversation
11 Apr, 2017
'How to fix the refugee crisis'. Alexander Betts writes in Prospect magazine
03 Apr, 2017
'The engagement of migrant workers into the local economy'. Emre Eren Korkmaz interviewed in the New European
02 Apr, 2017
'Our best gift to refugees is a job near their home'. Refuge by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier reviewed in the Sunday Times
01 Apr, 2017
'The "British Model": Give Refugees Work'. Refuge by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier reveiwed in Standpoint
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

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