House double column widthCentre for Migration Policy Research
College of Science
Swansea University
Singleton Park
Wales, UK


The Centre’s approach is inter-disciplinary to understand relationships between international relations and global political economy, national policy regimes, and migrants’ own perceptions and experiences.

Key areas of expertise include:

  • The scale and composition of internal and international migration flows and the dynamics of these population movements
  • The social, economic, and political causes of international migration
  • Gender issues in the migration process
  • UK, regional and UN policy responses to international migration;
  • The political, economic, social and urban consequences of migration
  • Integration, social cohesion and exclusion
  • Public and political attitudes towards asylum and migration issues
  • The linkages between migration and broader development processes
  • Migration and mobility, particularly regarding experiences of movement, life course and construction of migrant time-spaces
  • Construction of migrant identity and cultural diversity

The Centre’s Research Associates have considerable regional expertise which includes Wales and the UK, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia.


A range of activities are undertaken by the Centre to encourage the exchange of ideas about national and international migration.

The Centre's activities include:

  • Theoretically and methodologically innovative research including, most recently research into the social security and settlement of migrants in the UK, youth transition and migration, population movements at different scales, transnational networks and performed identities. Information about our research themes and projects can be found here.
  • Policy analysis and evaluation at the local, national and international level. The Centre’s Research Associates have served as specialist advisers to local authorities and national governments in the areas of immigration controls, integration of migrants and development issues.
  • Dissemination of research findings through academic publications, user-orientated publications and briefing papers. We also arrange events such as conferences, seminars and workshops which are open to policy makers and practitioners where research findings and implications are discussed.
  • User-engagement to ensure that the Centre’s activities reflect local, regional and national information and that the work of government and of voluntary and statutory agencies is underpinned by a robust evidence base.
  • Teaching and training through a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and modules and opportunities for doctoral research across a range of themes and issues.