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
06 Oct, 2017
Forced Migration Review 56 on Latin America and Caribbean now online
02 Oct, 2017
Matthew Gibney becomes Director of Refugee Studies Centre
01 Sep, 2017
International Migration Institute closes
14 Aug, 2017
New article by Naohiko Omata explores political dynamics in Liberian refugee camp
14 Aug, 2017
New article by Georgia Cole on rethinking role and value of refugee ‘label’
20 Jul, 2017
New book: The Myth of Self Reliance by Naohiko Omata
21 Jun, 2017
Forced Migration Review 55 on Shelter in Displacement now online
20 Jun, 2017
New issue paper co-authored by Cathryn Costello urges lifting of obstacles to refugee reunification
23 May, 2017
New article co-authored by Mathias Czaika explores visa restrictions
16 May, 2017
Alexander Betts appointed to new World Refugee Council, launched today

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09 Aug, 2016
'Microfinance: Startup Seed Funding for Refugees'. Naohiko Omata and Evan Easton-Calabria write for Refugees Deeply
05 Aug, 2016
'Destination Europe: Final Thoughts'. Alexander Betts interviewed on BBC World Service's The Compass
13 Jul, 2016
'Brexit: avoiding the wrong conclusions'. Alexander Betts interviewed by Refugees Deeply
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

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