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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News
In the media
07 Nov, 2018
New article co-authored by Ruben Andersson compares fights against terrorism, drugs and irregular migration
25 Oct, 2018
Alexander Betts gives evidence to House of Commons International Development Committee
16 Oct, 2018
New book edited by alumna Carolin Fischer and Robin Cohen: Routledge Handbook of Diaspora Studies
20 Aug, 2018
New RSC report compares self-reliance and aid models in two Kenya refugee settlements
01 Aug, 2018
Marie Godin wins British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship
20 Jul, 2018
New article by Georgia Cole explores use of 'sensitive' interview questions
12 Jul, 2018
Barbara Harrell-Bond, OBE, 1932-2018
21 Jun, 2018
Forced Migration Review 58 on ‘Economies: rights and access to work’ now online
11 May, 2018
New article by Evan Easton-Calabria and Naohiko Omata critiques refugee 'self-reliance'
24 Apr, 2018
Alexander Betts sets marathon record to raise money for refugee charity

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20 Feb, 2017
'What is needed are strong regulations pertaining to wages and conditions at work, which would prevent all workers - local or migrant - from being exploited'. Indrajit Roy quoted in article for Hinudstan Times
19 Feb, 2017
'Are refugees good for the economy?'. Alexander Betts featured in Global Citizen magazine
07 Feb, 2017
'A combination of aspiration and desperation is fuelling migration in India'. Indrajit Roy interviewed by Hindustan Times
05 Feb, 2017
'The human cost for Central Americans could be very big'. Diego Sanchez-Ancochea comments in Sunday Times as Mexico floats end to border cooperation with US
01 Feb, 2017
'Why is architecture failing refugees?'. Mark Breeze interviewed on Radio 4' Four Thought
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

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