COMPAS’ work on migration and health has mainly focused on access to health care services and the health implications of restricting access on the basis of immigration status.

We have also run a number of projects on social care, a sector where public policies create demand for migrant workers. The shortages of social-care workers and care assistants are largely due to the low wages and poor working conditions. Constraints in local authority budgets have contributed to chronic underinvestment, which has contributed to a growing demand for low-waged, flexible workers.

Blog Posts

Rethinking EU Borders in the time of COVID-19

Elspeth Guild and Didier Bigo

The new power of the technologies of immobility

Sharifah Muhammad Talib Alhinai

Immigration and the reallocation of work health risks

Osea Giuntella, Carlos Vargas-Silva & Catia Nicodemo

Illegality vs Irregularity

Bridget Anderson

Turning British

Mikal Mast

Health and border control

Hiranthi Jayaweera

Re-Thinking ‘Risk’ in Migration

Esra Kaytaz, DPhil Social Anthropology

Migrants in the Census: How to find them, and what to do with them

Anna Krausova, Research Officer, Migration Observatory

Taking popularity seriously

Bastian Vollmer

An exclusive party?

Caroline Oliver

Who’s in?

Hiranthi Jayaweera

Legal but Unfair: The High Stakes of the UK Immigration Detention System

Stephanie Silverman, DPhil Politics and International Relations



Journal Articles

Working Papers

Other Publications

ECONREF Research Note: 1

The Health of Refugees in the UK

Zovanga Kone and Carlos Vargas-Silva

Legal and policy briefing

Access to Healthcare for Migrants in Wales

Jonathan Price


NHS equality policies focus too narrowly on ethnicity

Hiranthi Jayaweera and Helen McCarthy

Policy Brief

Consistent Support and Mutual Learning Required

Helen McCarthy and Hiranthi Jayaweera

Literature review and scoping report

Non-communicable diseases and risk factors in migrants from South Asian countries

Hiranthi Jayaweera and Amy K. McLennan


Equality for whom?

Sarah Spencer | 2010 – 2011

Integration Policies: Who Benefits?

Ben Gidley | November 2013 – April 2015

PEAK Urban

Michael Keith, Mikal Mast, Rosaleen Cunningham, Bhawani Buswala, ChengHe Guan and Nicholas Simcik Arese | 1 October 2017 - 31 December 2021

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

Carlos Vargas-Silva, Esther Arenas-Arroyo, Madeleine Sumption, Martin Ruhs, Rob McNeil, Scott Blinder, William Allen, Yvonni Markaki, Cinzia Rienzo and Osea Giuntella | January 2017 - December 2019

Service Provision to Irregular Migrants in Europe

Sarah Spencer and Vanessa Hughes | 2012 – 2015

Undocumented Migrant Children in the UK

Nando Sigona and Vanessa Hughes | January 2010 – June 2012

WORK>INT: Assessing and enhancing integration in workplaces

Hiranthi Jayaweera and Helen McCarthy | January 2014 – June 2015