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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News
In the media
09 Feb, 2017
Forced Migration Review 54 on Resettlement now online
18 Jan, 2017
New book on EU asylum policies by RSC's Natascha Zaun
12 Jan, 2017
Tom Scott-Smith wins ESRC-AHRC award for project on Architectures of Displacement
12 Dec, 2016
Alexander Betts, Paul Collier named as 2016 Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy
06 Dec, 2016
Cathryn Costello wins Odysseus Network Prize for 'The Human Rights of Migrants and Refugees in European Law'
21 Nov, 2016
New book on refugee economies by HIP team
18 Nov, 2016
New book: Mobilising the Diaspora: How Refugees Challenge Authoritarianism by Alexander Betts and will Jones
03 Nov, 2016
Cathryn Costello wins ERC Starting Grant for 'Refugees are Migrants' project
01 Nov, 2016
Guardian's Patrick Kingsley gives Annual Harrell Bond Lecture on Reporting Refugees
28 Sep, 2016
Forced Migration Review 53 on local community responses to displacement now online

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11 Jul, 2016
Four post-Brexit steps toward a more inclusive world. Alexander Betts on TEDTalks
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

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