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
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
27 Apr, 2017
Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen wins 2017 Frederick Soddy postgraduate award

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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
29 Jul, 2015
’In Germany, are some refugees more equal than others?’. Hanno Brankamp writes for Africa Is A Country
24 Feb, 2014
'Decisions on refugee rights should not all fall to judges'. Cathryn Costello writes for Irish Times

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