'The mission of COMPAS is to conduct high quality research in order to develop theory and knowledge, inform policy-making and public debate, and engage users of research within the field of migration.’

The mobility of people is now firmly recognised as a key dimension shaping society today, but the relationship between migration and societal change is only partly understood. Research at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), core funded by the Economic and Social Research Council is geared to deepen the understanding of this relationship.

Research by Theme

COMPAS' 2012-2019 research programme is grouped around five inter-related thematic clusters, addressing elements of the migration process:

  • Flows and Dynamics - exploring global migration flows and the dynamics that drive, facilitate and inhibit migration

  • Labour markets - analysing the socio-economics of international labour migration, particularly the economics and politics of labour shortages and demand

  • Citizenship and Belonging - addressing the relationship between mobility, citizenship and the numerous ways in which people ‘belong’

  • Urban Change and settlement - challenging assumptions around movement and settlement patterns, investigating emergent urbanisms and processes of integration

  • Welfare  - addressing the relationship between migration and welfare provision in ‘receiving’ and ‘sending’ countries

More on COMPAS' Research Programme

The Global Exchange

The Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity is an ambitious new initiative at COMPAS, opening up opportunities for knowledge exchange and longer term collaboration between those working in the migration field. This programme of work extends and deepens COMPAS’s international contribution to the reciprocal sharing of knowledge, ideas and experience on migration and diversity issues among academics, policy makers, service professionals, civil society, lawyers, foundations, school students and others in the field. 

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