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People on the move: legal & HR responses: Home

Subjects: Law, Refugee Studies

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers at the University of Oxford studying the laws and rights relating to people moving between jurisdictions, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful.

Use this guide to find out about sources and commentary for migration and asylum law, including ebooks, ejournals, and databases.

People on the Move: getting started

Domestic and international migration law

How do individual nations and the international community states respond to those who choose to try life in another country, or are driven to do so by

  • war or civil conflict
  • human rights abuses
  • ethnic cleansing, genocide
  • famine
  • natural or environmental disasters (such as flooding)
  • ecological disasters (such as accidents in the petrochemical industry)
  • developmental/economic projects
  • forced relocation
  • enforced disappearance
  • criminal exploitation

and those stripped of their original nationality/citizenship by the discriminatory policy of a state.

Some of the tabs (above)/pages may need explanation

  • Refugees - those whose flight to safety takes them across country/nation state borders
  • IDPs - Internally Displaced Peoples - those whose forced migration is within their home state/country
  • EDPs - Environmentally & Ecologically Displaced Persons
  • (H)TVs - Human Trafficking Victims
  • Statelessness - protection of people arbitrarily denied citizenship - or whose citizenship is arbitrarily revoked - by their nation state
  • Non-citizens - considers the duties of host states to ensure that forced migrants do not suffer from discrimination or a reduction in their civil or human rights.

Just a selection to get research started.

To support your research in this field you will probably find most of the printed material is within one or other of the following libraries. The collections of both are catalogued in the same online discovery tool SOLO: Search Oxford Libraries Online. Fortunately they are in neighbouring buildings, a very short walk between them.

To get the most out of the SSL's collection, we recommend the guide below written by our SSL colleague, the specialist librarian for refugee studies.

Related Bodleian guides

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