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.

Global Exchange on Migration & Diversity


This programme of work is extending and deepening 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.

What we do

Provide opportunities for dialogue and longer term collaboration

between researchers and research users, with a particular focus on government policymakers at national, devolved, local and international levels but also users in the private and public sectors, in civil society and in philanthropic foundations

Strengthen the evidence base

among those working in the migration field, drawing out lessons from policy, practice and civil society engagement within and across jurisdictions

Facilitate shared learning and collaboration

to make evidence more available to users – a focused hub for evidence, ideas and experience on topics most relevant to policymakers and practitioners in the field

Provide researchers with new skills

of migration and integration policymaking at all levels of governance and across the public, private and voluntary sectors

Use web based resources and social media in creative ways

and capacity to do research which is policy relevant, to engage more effectively with research users and to have an impact on the work of those outside academia

Innovative means of knowledge exchange

by working with specialists of different kinds, from theatre professionals to web developers

Activities

We are organising a diverse range of activities from thematic working groups and roundtables to drama in schools, exploring the effectiveness of alternative approaches and formats in different settings. These activities establish, maintain, and maximise the effectiveness of connections between authoritative evidence, policy and practice.

Our programme of work is profiled below:

Autumn Academy 2016

MIGRANT INTEGRATION IN EUROPE >>

Symposium for invited senior public officials, NGO leaders and foundations from across Europe, to be held in the tranquil environment of St. Anne’s College Oxford.

Research in practice

DEVELOPMENT OF AN ONLINE TOOL >>

Developing an online resource for advisors in the voluntary sector and local authorities to more easily navigate client’s likely outcomes and understand the eligibility of a family for support (Under Section 17).

Advice to Governments

EU-CHINA MIGRATION >>

Training course for Chinese policy-makers and practitioners discussing effective labour migration management. Co-organized jointly by International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the ILO International Training Centre.

Advice to Governments

MIGRATION SERVICES IN WALES >>

Developing a comprehensive migration strategy in partnership with the Welsh Government and stakeholders across Wales, in collaboration with the Welsh Refugee Council and the Migration Observatory, 2015-17

Information sharing

INFORMATION SOURCE ON INTEGRATION IN THE EU >>

Coordination of the UK content on the European Website on Integration: an information source on legislation, policies, practices, funding and events regarding integration in Europe.

Advice to Governments

MIGRATION TRAINING IN GEORGIA >>

Helping to produce a public outreach strategy and undertaking training for communications teams around migration, with the International Centre for Migration Policy Development and the Government of Georgia.

Thematic Working Groups

HOMELESSNESS, EDUCATION AND DIVERSITY IN EUROPE >>

City working groups on homelessness, city branding and parental involvement in education,  funded by the Open Society Initiative for Europe, 2015-16.

Convenings

MIGRANT INTEGRATION AT THE LOCAL LEVEL >>

Knowledge exchange event, aimed at local authority officers and NGOs working at local level, exploring challenges and practical solutions, and how data and knowledge can contribute – 30.10.15.

Autumn Academy Residential

INTEGRATION AND DIVERSITY IN EUROPEAN CITIES >>

Residential course in Oxford for European city officials on integration and diversity, funded by the Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIfE), Autumn 2015.

Breakfast Briefings

UK POLICY BRIEFINGS >>

COMPAS’ Regular Breakfast Briefing Series presenting topical, cutting edge research on migration and migration related issues to an audience of government officials, political representatives, civil society organisations and academics.

Policy Relevant Research

MIGRANT DOMESTIC WORKERS IN S.E.ASIA >>

Commissioned research for the International Labour Organisation investigating how to affect social mobilization and public awareness on the rights of domestic workers.

Advice to Governments

LABOUR MIGRATION IN SOUTH EAST ASIA >> >>

Policy relevant knowledge exchange course on labour migration for senior officials from 10 countries within ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), held in partnership with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in June 2015.

 

Drama and art

PHOTO COMPETITIONS >>

The annual COMPAS visual arts competition will continue to run each Spring to Autumn looking for new and different interpretations of migration issues.

Drama and art

MIGRATION RESEARCH AND DRAMA IN SCHOOLS >>

Researchers work with groups of school children to develop performances of stories based on interviews with undocumented migrants  3 schools in Oxford, Birmingham and London helped to pilot this innovative knowledge exchange project, 2014-15.

Roundtable Meetings

INTEGRATION IN THE UK >>

A series of 3 roundtables on the theory, evidence and practice of integration in relation to migrants and minorities in the UK, run in conjunction with the Communities and Local Government Department, Sept-Dec 2014.

 

Convenings

MIGRATION AND HEALTH >>

One-day collaborative event on migrant health for health service practitioners and commissioners, in partnership with the West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership, Birmingham, November 2014.

 

Convenings

IRREGULAR MIGRANTS >>

A roundtable with representatives from 11 cities in eight European countries on city responses to irregular migrants, in partnership with Barcelona City Council and Eurocities, Barcelona, October 2014.

 

People

Please get in touch if you want to talk about potential collaboration on knowledge exchange.

  • Spencer

    Sarah Spencer CBE

    Director, Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity

  • emma-newcombe

    Emma Newcombe

    Head of External Relations, COMPAS and Global Exchange on Migration & Diversity

COMPAS staff that are involved in Exchange activities: