Labour Markets

How do international migration and labour markets affect each other in high- and low-income countries? What is the impact of immigration on wages and employment conditions, and how does the nature of the labour market affect the demand for migrant labour?  COMPAS research on migration and labour markets engages and integrates theories, methods and research from a range of relevant disciplines including economics, politics and sociology.

Blog Posts

A Global Crisis in Care?

Fiona Williams



Exploiting the Opportunity? Low-Skilled Work Migration After Brexit

Madeleine Sumption and Mariña Fernández-Reino

The COMPAS Approach

Rob McNeil and COMPAS Communications

Forced Labour and Migration to the UK

Bridget Anderson, Ben Rogaly

The Market for Migrant Domestic and Sex Workers

Bridget Anderson, Julia O’Connell Davidson

The Market for Migrant Domestic and Sex Workers. Executive Summary

Bridget Anderson, Julia O’Connell Davidson

Changing Status, Changing Lives? Methods, Participants and Lessons Learnt

Bridget Anderson, Martin Ruhs, Sarah Spencer, Ben Rogaly

Fair Enough? Central and East European Migrants in Low-Wage Employment in the UK

Bridget Anderson, Martin Ruhs, Sarah Spencer, Ben Rogaly

Journal Articles

From Low-Skilled to Key Workers: The Implications of Emergencies for Immigration Policy

Mariña Fernández-Reino, Madeleine Sumption and Carlos Vargas-Silva

Labour market effects of demographic shifts and migration in OECD countries

Frédéric Docquier, Zovanga L. Kone, Aaditya Mattoo, Çağlar Özden

Immigration and the reallocation of work health risks

Carlos Vargas-Silva, Osea Giuntella, Fabrizio Mazzonna & Catia Nicodemo

Towards a new politics of migration?

COMPAS Communications

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

The Economics of Forced Migration

Isabel Ruiza and Carlos Vargas-Silva

Working Papers

Internal borders and migration in India

Zovanga L. Kone, Maggie Y. Liu, Aaditya Mattoo, Çağlar Özden & Siddharth Sharma

Migrant Labour in Kazakhstan: A Cause for Concern?

Bridget Anderson, Blanka Hancilova

Other Publications

Trends report

Migrants in the Welsh Labour Market

Carlos Vargas-Silva

Policy Brief

Consistent Support and Mutual Learning Required

COMPAS Communications

Global Exchange briefings

What works in building common ground and shared values?

Vidhya Ramalingam


A need for migrant labour? Labour shortages, immigration and public policy

COMPAS Communications | October 2007 – October 2009

Begging, Work and Citizenship

COMPAS Communications | May 2015 - April 2016

Forced Labour and Immigration in the UK

COMPAS Communications | February 2004 – November 2004

Immigrants and Employment Discrimination

Madeleine Sumption | March – April 2015

Migrant workers and vulnerable employment: a review of existing data

COMPAS Communications | February 2008 – July 2008

Migration and Poverty in the UK

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

Recession, Vulnerable Workers and Immigration

admin@compas | January 2009 – April 2009

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

The Economic Integration of Refugees in the UK (ECONREF)

Carlos Vargas-Silva | February 2017 - January 2019

The Economics and Politics of Migrant Rights

COMPAS Communications | 2008 – 2014

The Labour Market Impacts of Forced Migration (LAMFOR)

Carlos Vargas-Silva | June 2013 – December 2015

The Market for Migrant Domestic and Sex Workers

COMPAS Communications | July 2002 – December 2006

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

Understanding Attitudes and Policy Preferences in Response to South-South Migration

Carlos Vargas-Silva and William Allen | May 2020 - November 2021

Urbanization from Below

COMPAS Communications | 2013 – 2016

WORK>INT: Assessing and enhancing integration in workplaces

COMPAS Communications | January 2014 – June 2015