Alexander Betts is professor of forced migration and international affairs, and director of the Refugee Studies Centre, at the University of Oxford. His research focuses mainly on the political economy of refugee assistance, and he has also written on migration and humanitarianism. He has given TED talks on refugees and Brexit, with combined views in excess of three million. In 2016, he was named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the world’s top 100 global thinkers, and honoured as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. He has written for The New York Times, The Guardian and Foreign Affairs. He is the author of 10 books, including, with Paul Collier, Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System (Allen Lane, 2017). He previously worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and is the founder of the Humanitarian Innovation Project.


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