Oxford Brookes Business School

Global Refugee Crisis and the Service Industries

Monday, 03 June 2019


In the past few years headlines all over the world report on ‘refugee crises’ that are related to wars (ongoing war in Syria), ethnic cleansing (Rohingya persecutions in Myanmar) or violence as a result of economic and political instability.

According to UNHCR, at the end of 2017 there were 68.5 million forcibly displaced people in the world: 40 million were internally displaced, 25.4 million were refugees to other countries and 3.1 million were asylum seekers, or people who have applied for refugee status but are waiting for approval (UNHCR, 2018a UNHCR. (2018a). With an estimated 16.2 million newly displaced people, 2017 was the sixth consecutive year that the number of forcibly displaced people in the world surpassed peak World War II levels. Furthermore, the number of refugees is expected to be even higher in 2018.

Recognizing this global problem, the Service Industries Journal has created a platform for knowledge exchange and scholarship to further the conversation on the challenges and opportunities the Service Industry (including tourism and hospitality) faces and offers in the midst of this global refugee crisis. The recently published special issue showcases a variety of topics, theoretical perspectives, research designs, and methods that scholars are bringing to the tourism/hospitality literature that addresses a global humanitarian problem.

Enjoy reading and please do share this special issue with relevant researchers, policy makers and practitioners who champion socially relevant and impactful research agenda.