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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Social Cohesion as a Humanitarian Objective?
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Promoting understanding of humanitarian nutrition and shelter
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'We should not take identity out of the question, we should question identity': Explorin...
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Borders, Global Governance and the Refugee, 1947–1951
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MIGNEX – Aligning Migration Management and the Migration–Development Nexus
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17 Jan, 2020
New book by Robin Cohen, Nicholas Van Hear sets out proposal for transnational polity for refugees
18 Dec, 2019
New article by Matthew Gibney explores history of banishment
03 Dec, 2019
New article by Matthew Willner-Reid on UNHCR discourse and returning refugees in Afghanistan
15 Nov, 2019
New article by Tom Scott-Smith critiques Ikea’s ‘universal’ refugee shelter
06 Nov, 2019
RSC publishes report in Somali to aid dissemination to refugee and host communities
15 Oct, 2019
Latest issue of Forced Migration Review on 'Return' now online
07 Oct, 2019
Refugee Economies programme publishes four new reports
30 Aug, 2019
Cathryn Costello awarded title of Professor in 2019 Recognition of Distinction exercise
23 Jul, 2019
New report co-authored by Ruben Andersson explores impact of Europe’s outsourcing of migration controls
04 Jul, 2019
New special issue co-edited by Ruben Andersson explores return of ‘remoteness’

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23 Nov, 2018
'Refuge, Reformed'. Alex Betts writes about innovations in Kenyan refugee camps for Foreign Policy
14 Oct, 2018
Race-based citizenship in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Robtel Neajai Pailey discusses her postdoctoral work on BBC World Service's Weekend
05 Oct, 2018
'How Europe Can Reform Its Migration Policy'. Alexander Betts and Paul Collier write in Foreign Affairs
19 Sep, 2018
'Refugees expert: ‘More displacement’ to come as returning Syrians face myriad obstacles back home'. Syria Direct interviews Ali Ali
06 Jul, 2018
'Fear versus reality when it comes to migration'. Alexander Betts interviewed on CNN's Amanpour
27 Jun, 2018
'What Europe could learn from the way Africa treats refugees'. Alexander Betts writes for the Guardian
22 Feb, 2018
'Don’t Make African Nations Borrow Money to Support Refugees'. Alexander Betts writes for Foreign Policy
20 Feb, 2018
'Kenyan study sheds new light on gap between refugees and host communities'. Alexander Betts writes for The Conversation
06 Feb, 2018
'Is Turkey really facing an "exodus"? It's not that simple'. Emre Eren Korkmaz writes for The Conversation
21 Jan, 2018
'In an illiberal world order, we need new ways to defend human rights'. Alexander Betts writes for the Observer

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