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

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, Rob McNeil and Emma Newcombe

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?

Rob McNeil, Madeleine Sumption and Carlos Vargas-Silva

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

Sarah Spencer, Ben Gidley, Caroline Oliver, Jonathan Price, Emma Newcombe and Nathan Grassi | 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, Ole Jensen and Ida Persson | 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)

Sarah Spencer and Caroline Oliver | December 2011 – October 2012

Integration Policies: Who Benefits?

Ben Gidley | November 2013 – April 2015

Marriage Migration and Integration

Sarah Spencer and Hiranthi Jayaweera | 2013 – 2015

Migration and Poverty in the UK

Martin Ruhs, Carlos Vargas-Silva, Madeleine Sumption 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

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

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

Mikal Mast, Scott Blinder, Rob McNeil, Carlos Vargas-Silva, Madeleine Sumption and Martin Ruhs | 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

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

UPSTREAM: Developing Effective Strategies for the Mainstreaming of Integration Governance

Ben Gidley and Ole Jensen | January 2014 – September 2015

Urban Transformations Coordination

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

Welfare, neighbourhood and new geographies of diversity

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

WORK>INT: Assessing and enhancing integration in workplaces

Hiranthi Jayaweera and Helen McCarthy | January 2014 – June 2015