Asylum and Refugees

The division between forced migrants and economic migrants has been fundamental to the governing of mobility at both national and international level. In recent years the academic study of migration has moved away from, and sometimes challenged this policy binary. Yet persecution and conflict continue to be important factors in understanding internal, regional and international mobility. Furthermore, the legal differentiation between forced and economic migration has important consequences for the lives of migrants.

Blog Posts

The Ecological Footprint of Refugees

Jean-Francois Maystadt

Who Counts in Crises?

William Allen

COMPAS Round Up Summer 2017

COMPAS communications team

Imagining Refugia

Nicholas Van Hear

People Move

Ben Doherty

What to do about Calais, in 50 words

COMPAS Communications

Gendering Migration

Melanie Griffiths


Refugia: Radical solutions to mass displacement

Robin Cohen, Nicholas Van Hear

Unravelling Europe’s ‘migration crisis’

Heaven Crawley, Franck Düvell, Katharine Jones, Simon McMahon and Nando Sigona


Journal Articles

Transitory Legality: The Health Implication of Ending DACA

Marie L. Mallet & Lisa Garcia Bedolla

Refugia Roundtable

Nicholas Van Hear, Veronique Barbelet, Christina Bennett & Helma Lutz

The impact of refugee experiences on education: evidence from Burundi

Carlos Vargas-Silva, Sonja Fransen & Melissa Siegel

Return Migration and Economic Outcomes in the Conflict Context

Sonja Fransen, Isabel Ruiz & Carlos Vargas-Silva

The Labor Market Consequences of Hosting Refugees

Carlos Vargas-Silva, Isabel Ruiz

Working Papers

Other Publications

ECONREF Research Note: 1

The Health of Refugees in the UK

Carlos Vargas-Silva and COMPAS Communications

Research Brief

Understanding the dynamics of migration to Greece and the EU: Drivers, decisions and destinations

Heaven Crawley, Franck Duvell, Katharine Jones and Dimitris Skleparis

Research Brief

Unpacking a Rapidly Changing Scenario

Heaven Crawley, Franck Duvell, Nando Sigona, Simon McMahon, Katharine Jones

LAMFOR Policy Briefing 1

The Consequences of Refugee Return

Carlos Vargas-Silva

LAMFOR Policy Briefing 2

The Consequences of Hosting Refugees

Carlos Vargas-Silva

LAMFOR Policy Briefing 3

Conflict, Displacement and Education

Carlos Vargas-Silva

Global Exchange briefings

What works in social-economic integration?

Jenny Phillimore


Early Legal Advice for Protection Applicants

COMPAS Communications | September 2012 – June 2014

Exploring Migration: Research and Drama in Schools

COMPAS Communications | October 2014 – September 2015

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

Sarah Spencer and Jacqui Broadhead | May 2016 - May 2019

The Economic Integration of Refugees in the UK (ECONREF)

Carlos Vargas-Silva | February 2017 - January 2019

The ethics and politics of the refugee crisis

COMPAS Communications | May 2016- Mar 2017

The Labour Market Impacts of Forced Migration (LAMFOR)

Carlos Vargas-Silva | June 2013 – December 2015

Undocumented Migrant Children in the UK

COMPAS Communications | January 2010 – June 2012

Unravelling the Mediterranean Migration Crisis (MEDMIG)

COMPAS Communications | Sep 2015 - Aug 2016

Utrecht Refugee Launchpad

Sarah Spencer and COMPAS Communications | November 2016 - October 2019