In many high-income countries questions about the relationships between poverty, welfare states and migration are central to debate both within the academy and in wider public arenas. The arrival of newcomers in the context of scarce resources raises challenging questions on the boundaries of entitlement, and policy frameworks can leave some of those in need without access to basic services. Meanwhile migrants can be a vital part of a workforce providing welfare services. COMPAS has brought together sociologists, social anthropologists, demographers, lawyers and academics specialising in social policy to consider questions ranging from the consequences of ageing populations for the employment of social care workers to the implications of migration for health care, addressing homelessness, child welfare, and education.



The COMPAS Approach

Ben Gidley, Emma Newcombe and Rob McNeil

Journal Articles

Working Papers

Other Publications


Action for Inclusion in Europe

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

Balancing Citizenship of Insiders and Outsiders

Bridget Anderson and Sarah Walker | September 2013 – April 2017

Begging, Work and Citizenship

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

Diversity, Integration and the Economy

Alessio Cangiano | April 2005 – March 2008

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

Caroline Oliver and Sarah Spencer | December 2011 – October 2012

Migration and Poverty in the UK

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

Migration Services in Wales

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

Online Tool to Improve the Assessment of Destitute Families’ Eligibility for Support

Caroline Oliver and Sarah Spencer | May 2016 - May 2019

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 employment and working conditions of migrant domestic workers in South East Asia

Bridget Anderson and Emma Newcombe | August 2015 - June 2016

Welfare, neighbourhood and new geographies of diversity

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