Madeleine Sumption Director, The Migration Observatory; Co-Director of COMPAS

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


CitizenshipEuropean UnionFamilyIntegrationLabour MarketsLow Skilled MigrationPolicies


Immigrants and Employment Discrimination

Madeleine Sumption | March – April 2015

Measuring Integration at the Local Level

Denis Kierans, Jacqui Broadhead, Madeleine Sumption and Nathan Grassi | September 2021 – December 2022

Migration and Poverty in the UK

Carlos Vargas-Silva, Madeleine Sumption and COMPAS Communications | February – April 2015

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

Carlos Vargas-Silva, Madeleine Sumption, Rob McNeil and William Allen | January 2017 - December 2019

Tracking Public Attitudes and Preferences for Post-COVID-19 Labour Migration Policies

Jacqui Broadhead, William Allen, Mariña Fernández-Reino, Denis Kierans and Madeleine Sumption | July 2020 - June 2021