COMPAS has both studied the migration policy making process and, through developing the evidence base and through knowledge-exchange activities, contributed to it. A particular interest is the multi-level governance of integration policies in relation to legal and irregular migrants, exploring the tensions between tiers of government with differing priorities and the policies and practices that emerge from that dynamic. As policy intervention is one key factor in migration outcomes, COMPAS interrogates the implications of differing approaches to the management of migration, from temporary labour migration programmes and points-based schemes to fill labour shortages to policy responses to the social welfare needs of irregular migrants.

Blog Posts

From Migration Research to Policy: MSc Migration visit to Geneva

Saskia Llewellyn, Will Jernigan and Elisabetta Grisson

National institutions vs EU policies?

Martin Ruhs, Joakim Palme

COMPAS Round Up Summer 2017

COMPAS communications team

The new lefts

Nicholas Van Hear

Action for Inclusion in Europe

COMPAS Communications

Citizenship as a concept

COMPAS Communications



Inclusive Cities: Framework

Jacqui Broadhead and Denis Kierans

Marriage Migration and Integration

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

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)

Integration Disadvantage and Extremism

Ben Gidley and David Feldman (eds.)

The COMPAS Approach

Rob McNeil and COMPAS Communications

EUMIA: Researching Functioning Policy Practices in Local Integration in Europe: A Conceptual and Methodological Discussion Paper

Ben Gidley, Ole Jensen, Irene Ponzo, Emanuela Roman, Francesco Tarantino, Ferruccio Pastore

EUMAGINE: Perceptions, Imaginations, Life-Satisfaction and Sociodemography: The Case of Ukraine

Franck Düvell,Bastian Vollmer, Yuriy Bilan, Yulia Borshchevska, Iryna Lapshyna, Svitlana Vdovtsova

EUMAGINE: Ukraine: Country and Research Areas Report

Bastian Vollmer, Yuriy Bilan, Iryna Lapshyna, Svitlana Vdovtsova

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

Sarah Spencer,Alessio Cangiano,Isabel Shutes, George Leeson

Clandestino: Ethical Issues in Irregular Migration Research

Franck Düvell, Bastian Vollmer, Anna Triandafyllidou

Journal Articles

Push-pull plus: reconsidering the drivers of migration

Nicholas Van Hear, Oliver Bakewell & Katy Long

Refugia Roundtable

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

Towards a new politics of migration?

COMPAS Communications

Working Papers

Immigrant fertility in the midst of intensified enforcement

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes & Esther Arenas-Arroyo

Re-thinking Immigrant Investment Funds

Alan Gamlen, Chris Kutarna, & Ashby Monk

Migration and Climate Change: An Overview

Etienne Piguet, Antoine Pécoud, Paul de Guchteneire

Why Engage Diasporas?

Alan Gamlen

Diasporas Good? Diasporas Bad?

COMPAS Communications

Other Publications

Briefing note

Building an Inclusive City Narrative

Jacqui Broadhead

Information portal

UK Coordination of the European Website on Integration

Jacqui Broadhead

Policy Briefing

Marriage and Migration: facilitating the integration of migrant spouses

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

Legal and policy briefing

Access to Healthcare for Migrants in Wales

COMPAS Communications

Breakfast Briefing

What does the 2015 election mean for migration to the UK?

Rob McNeil, Madeleine Sumption and Carlos Vargas-Silva

Policy Brief

Consistent Support and Mutual Learning Required

COMPAS Communications

Global Exchange briefings

How has Britain’s integration debate developed since 2000?

Will Somerville

Policy Briefing

City Responses to Migrants with Irregular Status

Sarah Spencer


Action towards inclusion in Europe

Sarah Spencer and Nathan Grassi | December 2014 - June 2016

Begging, Work and Citizenship

COMPAS Communications | May 2015 - April 2016

Border Security: Discourses and Practices in the UK

COMPAS Communications | April 2013 – 2016

Citizenship and Integration in the UK

COMPAS Communications | 2010 – 2011

Concordia Discors

COMPAS Communications | January 2011 to October 2012

Does Immigration Enforcement Matter (DIEM)?

COMPAS Communications | November 2013 - July 2017

European Migrant Integration Academy (EU-MIA)

COMPAS Communications | October 2012 – March 2014

H2020-Smart Cities and Communities-REPLICATE lighthouse project

COMPAS Communications | February 2016 – January 2021

Immigrants and Employment Discrimination

Madeleine Sumption | March – April 2015

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

Sarah Spencer | December 2011 – October 2012

Inclusive Cities

Sarah Spencer, Jacqui Broadhead and Denis Kierans | March 2017 - December 2023

Integration Policies: Who Benefits?

COMPAS Communications | November 2013 – April 2015

Local Responses to Precarious Migrants: Frames, Strategies and Evolving Practices in Europe (LoReMi)

Sarah Spencer and Marie Mallet-Garcia | March 2021 - October 2022

Marriage Migration and Integration

Sarah Spencer | 2013 – 2015

Measuring Integration at the Local Level

Denis Kierans, Jacqui Broadhead, Madeleine Sumption and Nathan Grassi | September 2021 – December 2022

Migration and Poverty in the UK

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

Migration in the Media and Public Opinion in Britain

William Allen and COMPAS Communications | June 2012 – May 2013

Migration Services in Wales

Sarah Spencer, Carlos Vargas-Silva and COMPAS Communications | January 2015 – March 2017

PEAK Urban

Michael Keith and Bhawani Buswala | 1 October 2017 - 31 December 2021

Refugia: a new transnational polity in the making

Nicholas Van Hear | 2015 - 2025

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

Servicing Super-Diversity: ESRC IAA Knowledge Exchange Fellowship

COMPAS Communications | October 2014 – March 2015

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

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

Understanding Migrant Destitution in the UK

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

Urban Transformations Coordination

Michael Keith and Nathan Grassi | 2015 - 2019

Welfare, neighbourhood and new geographies of diversity

COMPAS Communications | May 2013 – December 2014

WORK>INT: Assessing and enhancing integration in workplaces

COMPAS Communications | January 2014 – June 2015