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Stephen Castles

Professor StephenStephen Castles is an Honorary Associate of the International Migration Institute and holds a Research Chair in Sociology at the University of Sydney.


Research focus

Stephen is a sociologist and political economist, and currently works on international migration dynamics, global governance, migration and development, and regional migration in Africa, Asia and Europe.


Stephen studied sociology at Frankfurt am Main, and took an MA and DPhil at the University of Sussex. He has carried out research on migration and multicultural societies in Europe, Australia and Asia for many years. He has also been involved in community education work in the UK and Southern Africa.

Stephen taught Sociology and Political Economy at the Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main from 1972 to 1985. From 1986 to 2000 he was Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Multicultural Studies (1986-1996) and then Director of the Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies, at the University of Wollongong, Australia. From 1994 to 2001, he helped establish and coordinate the UNESCO-MOST Asia Pacific Migration Research Network. From 2001-2006, Stephen was Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University. He has been an advisor to the Australian and British Governments, and has worked for the ILO, the IOM, the European Union and other international bodies.


Among a large number of publications, Stephen Castles' books include:

  • The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World, 4th Edition by Stephen Castles and Mark Miller, published by Palgrave MacMillan in the UK and by Guildford Press in the US, 2009.  Can be ordered from or
  • Migration and Development: Perspectives from the South (with Raul Delgado Wise, editors, IOM 2008)
    Available to download as a pdf
  • Migration, Citizenship and the European Welfare State: A European Dilemma (with Carl-Ulrik Schierup and Peo Hansen, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)
  • The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World (with Mark Miller, Basingstoke, Palgrave-Macmillan, third edition 2003)
  • Citizenship and Migration: Globalization and the Politics of Belonging (with Alastair Davidson, London: Macmillan, 2000)
  • Ethnicity and Globalization: From Migrant Worker to Transnational Citizen (London: Sage, 2000)
  • Immigrant Workers and Class Structure in Western Europe (with Godula Kosack, London: Oxford University Press, 1973)
DEMIG Conference

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'Determinants of International Migration' conference. 23–25 September 2014 | Wolfson College, University of Oxford.