Migration and Refugees Research Network


About us

Today more people than ever before are on the move: within countries, over borders, across continents. In 2019 the UN estimated, globally, there were over 270 million migrants and those figures rise, year on year.

Dealing with the challenges and transformations caused by this shift pose major problems and some opportunities for governments at every level, from the broadly international to the intensely local.

Our Network engages directly with these issues. It embraces an enriching interdisciplinarity, with researchers and practitioners from social anthropology, refugee studies, sociology, political science, computer science, media studies, psychology, legal scholars, business studies, among other disciplines.

From whatever disciplines we come, whatever research partnerships we form, our work centres on the predicament and opportunities of migrants and refugees today, globally. Our research includes, for example, studies into refugee entrepreneurship and their integration into the labour market, migrants as political agents, housing for forced migrants, migrant children in education, and computing models for managing migrants’ data.

We will work together with both colleagues in other universities and research centres, both in Europe and beyond. Above all, we will seek to collaborate with institutions, government agents, and practitioners in charitable and public policy sectors, on projects of mutual interest.

News and events

Headington hill hall

Symposium: The Zero-sum game of economic migration: Integration through Rights?

12 September 2022

Submit your abstract by 30 June 2022. The symposium brings together academics and practioners to explore the wide-ranging micro and macro structures that feed into perceived tensions between mobility, social and labour rights and legal guarantees of full integration.

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Banner image: Syrian refugee by FreedomHouse is marked with CC PDM 1.0
About image: Portrait of a Refugee by babasteve is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0