The migrant/asylum-seeker dichotomy has tended to obscure family migration. Family migration, gendered as female, was for many years imagined as secondary to labour and asylum migration, both gendered as male. It is now receiving more academic and policy attention. People may enter to join existing family members, or to become attached to a family through marriage or adoption. In some cases they may enter with temporary migrants.


Marriage Migration and Integration

Katharine Charsley, Marta Bolognani, Evelyn Ersanilli & Sarah Spencer

The Migration Debate

Sarah Spencer


Journal Articles

Working Papers

Other Publications

Trends report

Migrant households in Wales

COMPAS Communications

Policy Briefing

Marriage and Migration: facilitating the integration of migrant spouses

Katharine Charsley, Marta Bolognani, Sarah Spencer, Hiranthi Jayaweera & Evelyn Ersanilli


Equality for whom?

Sarah Spencer | 2010 – 2011

Exploring Migration: Research and Drama in Schools

COMPAS Communications | October 2014 – September 2015

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

Sarah Spencer | December 2011 – October 2012

Integration Policies: Who Benefits?

COMPAS Communications | November 2013 – April 2015

Marriage Migration and Integration

Sarah Spencer | 2013 – 2015

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

Sarah Spencer and Jacqui Broadhead | May 2016 - May 2019

Understanding Migrant Destitution in the UK

Jacqui Broadhead, Lucy Leon and Mariña Fernández-Reino | March 2022 – February 2024