Madeleine Sumption

Director, The Migration Observatory; Co-Director of COMPAS

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Madeleine Sumption is the Director of the Migration Observatory, which provides evidence-based analysis of migration in the UK. Madeleine is a policy specialist focusing on the impacts of migration policies and the role of migrants in the labour market.

Madeleine’s research interests include the design of immigration policies and their economic and social impacts, labour migration, and the interaction between the economics and politics of migration policies. Recent focus areas include government policies towards immigrant investors, the impacts of Brexit on the UK’s immigration system, and the implementation of the EU Settlement Scheme.

Madeleine is a member of the Migration Advisory Committee, an independent panel that advises the UK Government on migration issues. From 2017 to 2022, she was Chair of the Migration Statistics User Forum, which brings together producers and users of migration data. Before joining Oxford, Madeleine was Director of Research for the international program at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) in Washington, DC. She remains a Non-resident Fellow with Migration Policy Institute Europe. Madeleine holds a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Maastricht. In 2017, she received an MBE for services to social science.

Madeleine is available for collaboration with early-career researchers working on immigration policy and its impacts in the UK and overseas.

Migration Observatory Publications & Projects


Unsettled status 2020
Not settled yet: Understanding the EU Settlement Scheme using the Available Data (2020)
Exploiting the Opportunity? Low-Skilled Work Migration After Brexit (2018)
Unsettled Status? Which EU Citizens are at Risk of Failing to Secure their Rights after Brexit? (2018)
Location, Location, Location: Should Different Parts of the UK Have Different Immigration Policies? (2017)


Net migration in the UK (2018)


Measuring Success: Will We Ever Know How Many Eligible EU Citizens Did Not Apply for Settled Status? (2018)


Integration Migration & Brexit


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