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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In the media
20 Sep, 2016
Alexander Betts speaks at UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants side event on self-reliance
14 Sep, 2016
Call for papers: Beyond Crisis: Rethinking Refugee Studies
11 Aug, 2016
ODID welcomes Ruben Andersson as new Associate Professor
06 Jul, 2016
Rinus Penninx Best Paper Award goes to IMI's Ali Chaudhary
01 Jul, 2016
Alexander Betts wins Vice Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement for work on refugee economies
21 Jun, 2016
From Fortress Europe to Sanctuary Europe: RSC hosts Refugee Week 2016 conference
11 May, 2016
Forced Migration Review 52 on 'Displacement, Transition, Solutions' now online
21 Mar, 2016
Indrajit Roy Attends OECD Meeting on Migration as Invited Expert
16 Mar, 2016
Alexander Betts Named 2016 Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum
24 Feb, 2016
ODID Alumni Create New Open Access 'Beyond Trafficking and Slavery' E-Syllabus

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08 Jun, 2016
'If we empower refugees, they will help themselves and their host societies'. Alexander Betts talks to PBS Newshour
25 May, 2016
'Would a new international convention help refugees?'. Cathryn Costello speaks to BBC World Service's The Inquiry
25 May, 2016
'The refugee crisis - match us if you can'. Will Jones and Alex Teytelboym's refugee matching proposal featured in Financial Times
16 May, 2016
'Smuggling doesn’t cause migration, it responds to an underlying demand to migrate'. Alexander Betts interviewed on BBC about Operation Sophia
03 Mar, 2016
'How we can fix our failing refugee system'. A talk by Alexander Betts at TED2016
29 Jan, 2016
'We seem to be globally in ethical free fall'. Alexander Betts speaks to CNN's Amanpour
12 Jan, 2016
'5 ways to better engage with bottom-up innovations by refugees'. Louise Bloom writes for UNHCR Innovation
24 Sep, 2015
'Let Refugees Fly to Europe'. Alexander Betts argues for humanitarian visas in NYT article
20 Sep, 2015
'Human migration will be a defining issue of this century. How best to cope?'. Alexander Betts writes for the Observer
03 Aug, 2015
'The art of self-reliance: stories from the refugees who stay'. Evan Easton-Calabria writes for openDemocracy

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