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My work at the Migration Observatory

Based at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford, the Migration Observatory provides evidence-based analysis of data on migration and migrants in the UK, to inform media, public and policy debates on international migration and public policy issues. Here you can find the links to the briefings that I have authored or co-authored.

English language use and proficiency of migrants in the UK

This briefing examines data on how well migrants to the UK speak English, whether English is their main language at home, and the extent to which they have faced problems in work or education as a result of language barriers.

The health of migrants in the UK

This briefing examines the health outcomes of migrants as well as the extent to which health problems impact their day-to-day activities or their jobs.

Migrants in the UK Labour Market: An Overview

This briefing provides data on migrants’ labour market integration and the jobs they do in the UK labour market. It also presents data on migrants’ employment and unemployment rates, occupational status, earnings and contract types.

Exploiting the Opportunity? Low-Skilled Work Migration After Brexit

It is likely that some new form labour migration permitting low-skilled work will be introduced after Brexit. A work-permit scheme for seasonal agricultural workers existed for over 60 years before its closure in 2013, and closure of the programme was explicitly linked to the availability of EU workers coming under free movement. This report looks at the implications of relying on a larger Youth Mobility Scheme or a work-permit scheme—or both—to meet demand for migrant workers in low-skilled jobs after Brexit. The programmes operate in very different ways and have different advantages and disadvantages.

Migrants and Housing in the UK: Experiences and Impacts

This briefing provides statistics on migration and housing in the UK