Source description last updated: 6 February 2020

In brief:

Forced Migration Review (FMR) is a magazine on refugee, internal displacement and statelessness issues published by the Refugee Studies Centre in the Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford.

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FMR “[...] is published by the Refugee Studies Centre in the Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford. Through FMR, authors from around the world analyse the causes and impacts of displacement; debate policies and programmes; share research findings; reflect the lived experience of displacement; and present examples of good practice and recommendations for policy and action.” (FMR website: Welcome, undated)

“FMR supports the interests and information needs of those responding to crises that cause displacement; publicises research that is relevant to these interests and needs; and aims to support learning, training, advocacy, policymaking and research. FMR is neutral and impartial, and is committed to the rights and protection of stateless people and forced migrants of all kinds.” (FMR website: About us, undated)

“FMR is a magazine rather than a journal, and is oriented towards policy and practice. Articles will usually do one or more of the following:

  • debate different approaches to working with displaced people and new developments in the field of forced migration
  • review experience of a particular project, programme or context, drawing out lessons with wider (local, regional or global) implications
  • convey the results and implications of recent/ongoing practice/policy-oriented research
  • provide a forum for displaced people to share their experiences and insights – with programme/policy implications
  • raise awareness of less well-known (or little covered) displacement crises, drawing out issues at stake, implications, recommendations and so on.” (FMR website: Writing for FMR, undated)



FMR is part of the Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre, but also depends on external grants and donations (FMR website: Budgets and funding, undated). Donors are listed in FMR issues and include, for instance, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Catholic Relief Services – USCCB, the Danish Refugee Council, the Government of Liechtenstein, ICRC, IOM, Oxfam, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, UNHCR and UNOCHA (FMR issue 62, October 2019, p. 2).

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Scope of reporting:

Thematic focus: Rights and protection of stateless persons and forcibly displaced persons; human rights.

Geographic focus: Countries generating large numbers of asylum seekers, IDPs  or homing stateless persons.


In its open call for articles, FMR calls for articles on “any aspect of contemporary forced migration“, focusing on policy and practice (Forced Migration Review: Writing for FMR, undated); thus, FMR's various authors do not share one methodology, but methodologies of articles found suitable for FMR may vary.

Language(s) of publications:

English, Spanish, French and Arabic.

Further reading / links:

Thematic listings of articles from the Forced Migration Review as of February 2020:


All links accessed 6 February 2020.