In many high-income countries questions about the relationships between poverty, welfare states and migration are central to debate both within the academy and in wider public arenas. The arrival of newcomers in the context of scarce resources raises challenging questions on the boundaries of entitlement, and policy frameworks can leave some of those in need without access to basic services. Meanwhile migrants can be a vital part of a workforce providing welfare services. COMPAS has brought together sociologists, social anthropologists, demographers, lawyers and academics specialising in social policy to consider questions ranging from the consequences of ageing populations for the employment of social care workers to the implications of migration for health care, addressing homelessness, child welfare, and education.



The COMPAS Approach

Rob McNeil and COMPAS Communications

Journal Articles

Working Papers

Other Publications


Action towards inclusion in Europe

Sarah Spencer and Nathan Grassi | December 2014 - June 2016

Balancing Citizenship of Insiders and Outsiders

COMPAS Communications | September 2013 – April 2017

Begging, Work and Citizenship

COMPAS Communications | May 2015 - April 2016

City Initiative on Migrants with Irregular Status in Europe (C-MISE)

Myriam Cherti, Sarah Spencer, Nicola Delvino, Marie Mallet-Garcia and Nathan Grassi | Phase I: 2017-19 | Phase II: 2020-22

Diversity, Integration and the Economy

admin@compas | April 2005 – March 2008

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

Sarah Spencer | December 2011 – October 2012

Migration and Poverty in the UK

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

Migration Services in Wales

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

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

Sarah Spencer and Jacqui Broadhead | May 2016 - May 2019

PEAK Urban

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

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

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

Welfare, neighbourhood and new geographies of diversity

COMPAS Communications | May 2013 – December 2014