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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In the media
24 Apr, 2018
Alexander Betts sets marathon record to raise money for refugee charity
16 Mar, 2018
ODID welcomes Saja al Zoubi to research refugees and gender
22 Feb, 2018
Forced Migration Review 57 on Syrians in displacement now online
20 Feb, 2018
What difference does it make to be a refugee? RSC publishes new report on Refugee Economies in Kenya
14 Feb, 2018
New article by Tom Scott-Smith reviews World Disasters Report 2016 on Resilience
12 Feb, 2018
International Migration Institute relaunches as IMIn
06 Feb, 2018
New book by Dawn Chatty - Syria: The Making and Unmaking of a Refuge State
09 Jan, 2018
New article by Georgia Cole explores how documents shape UNHCR's behaviour
09 Jan, 2018
New article by Tom Scott-Smith explores 'stickiness' in humanitarian technologies
04 Jan, 2018
New RSC report explores 'responsibility-sharing' in global refugee regime

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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
10 Dec, 2016
'We will see displacement and mobility as defining issues of the 21st century'. Alexander Betts quoted in New York Times
03 Nov, 2016
'Give refugees basic human freedoms and everyone will be better off'. Alexander Betts featured by WIRED

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