COMPAS has both studied the migration policy making process and, through developing the evidence base and through knowledge-exchange activities, contributed to it. A particular interest is the multi-level governance of integration policies in relation to legal and irregular migrants, exploring the tensions between tiers of government with differing priorities and the policies and practices that emerge from that dynamic. As policy intervention is one key factor in migration outcomes, COMPAS interrogates the implications of differing approaches to the management of migration, from temporary labour migration programmes and points-based schemes to fill labour shortages to policy responses to the social welfare needs of irregular migrants.

Blog Posts

The new lefts

Nicholas Van Hear

Citizenship as a concept

Jonathan Price



Marriage Migration and Integration

Katharine Charsley, Sarah Spencer, Hiranthi Jayaweera, Marta Bolognani & Evelyn Ersanilli

Access to Healthcare, Insurance Provision and Health Status of Sri Lankan Migrant Domestic Workers

Hiranthi Jayaweera, Elizabeth H. Shlala and the Centre for Women's Research (CENWOR)

Integration Disadvantage and Extremism

Ben Gidley and David Feldman (eds.)

The COMPAS Approach

Ben Gidley, Emma Newcombe and Rob McNeil

EUMIA: Researching Functioning Policy Practices in Local Integration in Europe: A Conceptual and Methodological Discussion Paper

Ben Gidley, Ole Jensen, Irene Ponzo, Emanuela Roman, Francesco Tarantino, Ferruccio Pastore

EUMAGINE: Perceptions, Imaginations, Life-Satisfaction and Sociodemography: The Case of Ukraine

Franck Düvell,Bastian Vollmer, Yuriy Bilan, Yulia Borshchevska, Iryna Lapshyna, Svitlana Vdovtsova

Concordia Discors. London Background Report

Ben Gidley, Hiranthi Jayaweera and Ole Jensen

EUMAGINE: Ukraine: Country and Research Areas Report

Bastian Vollmer, Yuriy Bilan, Iryna Lapshyna, Svitlana Vdovtsova

Migrant Care Workers in Ageing Societies: Research Findings in the United Kingdom

Sarah Spencer,Alessio Cangiano,Isabel Shutes, George Leeson

Clandestino: Ethical Issues in Irregular Migration Research

Franck Düvell, Bastian Vollmer, Anna Triandafyllidou

Common Ground: Equality, Good Race Relations and Sites for Gypsies and Irish Travellers

Sarah Spencer (CRE commissioner and chair of the advisory committee)

Journal Articles

Working Papers

Re-thinking Immigrant Investment Funds

Alan Gamlen, Chris Kutarna, & Ashby Monk

Migration and Climate Change: An Overview

Etienne Piguet, Antoine Pécoud, Paul de Guchteneire

Why Engage Diasporas?

Alan Gamlen

Other Publications

Information portal

UK Coordination of the European Website on Integration

Rachel Humphris

Policy Briefing

Marriage and Migration: facilitating the integration of migrant spouses

Katharine Charsley, Marta Bolognani, Sarah Spencer, Hiranthi Jayaweera & Evelyn Ersanilli

Legal and policy briefing

Access to Healthcare for Migrants in Wales

Jonathan Price

Breakfast Briefing

What does the 2015 election mean for migration to the UK?

Carlos Vargas-Silva, Madeleine Sumption and Rob McNeil

Policy Brief

Consistent Support and Mutual Learning Required

Helen McCarthy and Hiranthi Jayaweera

Global Exchange briefings

How has Britain’s integration debate developed since 2000?

Will Somerville


Action for Inclusion in Europe

Ben Gidley, Caroline Oliver, Emma Newcombe, Jonathan Price, Nathan Grassi and Sarah Spencer | December 2014 - June 2016

An Evidence Base on Migration and Integration in London

Ben Gidley and Hiranthi Jayaweera | 2009

Begging, Work and Citizenship

Bridget Anderson, Jonathan Price and Sarah Walker | May 2015 - April 2016

Border Security: Discourses and Practices in the UK

Bastian Vollmer | April 2013 – 2016

Citizenship and Integration in the UK

Ben Gidley | 2010 – 2011

Concordia Discors

Ben Gidley and Ole Jensen | January 2011 to October 2012

Does Immigration Enforcement Matter (DIEM)?

Franck Düvell, Iryna Lapshyna and Myriam Cherti | November 2013 - July 2017

European Migrant Integration Academy (EU-MIA)

Ben Gidley, Ida Persson and Ole Jensen | October 2012 – March 2014

Immigrants and Employment Discrimination

Madeleine Sumption, Martin Ruhs and Yvonni Markaki | March – April 2015

Impact of Admission Criteria on the Integration of Migrants (IMPACIM)

Caroline Oliver and Sarah Spencer | December 2011 – October 2012

Integration Policies: Who Benefits?

Ben Gidley | November 2013 – April 2015

Marriage Migration and Integration

Hiranthi Jayaweera and Sarah Spencer | 2013 – 2015

Migration and Poverty in the UK

Carlos Vargas-Silva, Madeleine Sumption, Martin Ruhs and Yvonni Markaki | February – April 2015

Migration in the Media and Public Opinion in Britain

Scott Blinder and William Allen | June 2012 – May 2013

Migration Services in Wales

Carlos Vargas-Silva, Jonathan Price, Sarah Spencer and Yvonni Markaki | January 2015 – March 2017

Role of European Mobility and its Impacts in Narratives, Debates and EU Reforms (REMINDER)

Carlos Vargas-Silva, Madeleine Sumption, Martin Ruhs, Mikal Mast, Rob McNeil, Scott Blinder, William Allen and Yvonni Markaki | January 2017 - December 2019

Service Provision to Irregular Migrants in Europe

Sarah Spencer and Vanessa Hughes | 2012 – 2015

Servicing Super-Diversity: ESRC IAA Knowledge Exchange Fellowship

Mette Louise Berg | October 2014 – March 2015

The Economics and Politics of Migrant Rights

Martin Ruhs | 2008 – 2014

The Labour Market Impacts of Forced Migration (LAMFOR)

Carlos Vargas-Silva | June 2013 – December 2015

The role of Migrant Health and Social Care Workers in Ageing Societies

Bridget Anderson, Alessio Cangiano, Isabel Shutes, Sarah Spencer and Vanessa Hughes | 2007 - 2009

UPSTREAM: Developing Effective Strategies for the Mainstreaming of Integration Governance

Ben Gidley and Ole Jensen | January 2014 – September 2015

Urban Transformations Coordination

Andreza de Souza Santos, Michael Keith, Emma Newcombe, Igor Calzada, Mikal Mast, Nathan Grassi, Nicholas Simcik Arese, Nicola Headlam and Peter Grant | 2015 - 2019

Welfare, neighbourhood and new geographies of diversity

Ben Gidley, Caroline Oliver, Hiranthi Jayaweera and Mette Louise Berg | May 2013 – December 2014

WORK>INT: Assessing and enhancing integration in workplaces

Helen McCarthy and Hiranthi Jayaweera | January 2014 – June 2015