Low Skilled Migration

No single definition of low-skilled migration exists. “Low-skilled” can refer to people with few formal qualifications, people working in jobs that do not require such qualifications, or people working in low-wage positions regardless of their own educational background. Despite its multiple definitions, the concept of skill is prominent in migration debates. It plays a role in a range of different processes, including the dynamics of migrants’ social and economic integration, public opinion towards migration, the economic impacts of migration, and the design of admission policies.


Exploiting the Opportunity? Low-Skilled Work Migration After Brexit

Madeleine Sumption and Mariña Fernández-Reino

Access to Healthcare, Insurance Provision and Health Status of Sri Lankan Migrant Domestic Workers

Hiranthi Jayaweera, Elizabeth H. Shlala and the Centre for Women's Research (CENWOR)

The COMPAS Approach

Rob McNeil and COMPAS Communications

Migrant Care Workers in Ageing Societies: Research Findings in the United Kingdom

Sarah Spencer,Alessio Cangiano,Isabel Shutes, George Leeson

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

The Labor Market Consequences of Hosting Refugees

Carlos Vargas-Silva, Isabel Ruiz

Working Papers


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

COMPAS Communications | October 2007 – October 2009

Immigration and the NHS

Carlos Vargas-Silva | 2015 - 2016

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

Urbanization from Below

COMPAS Communications | 2013 – 2016