Based at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford, the Migration Observatory provides impartial, independent, authoritative, evidence-based analysis of data on migration and migrants in the UK, to inform media, public and policy debates, and to generate high quality research on international migration and public policy issues. The Observatory’s analysis involves experts from a wide range of disciplines and departments at the University of Oxford.
The Migration Observatory is funded by the charitable foundations listed below.
Barrow Cadbury Trust
The Barrow Cadbury Trust is an independent, charitable foundation, committed to supporting vulnerable and marginalised people in society. It works with researchers, think tanks and government, often in partnership with other grant-makers, seeking to overcome the structural barriers to a more just and equal society.
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. We do this by funding the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is an independent grant-making organisation. Their mission is to help people to realise their potential and enjoy a better quality of life, now and in the future.
Unbound aims to support charitable operations in fields that promote self-determination by working to equalize the distribution of opportunities available to those who wish to help themselves and their families.
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funds research and training in social and economic issues. It is an independent organisation, established by Royal Charter, but receives most of our funding through the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The ESRC funds over 2,500 researchers in academic institutions and policy research institutes throughout the UK, and supports more than 2,000 postgraduate students.
The Migration Observatory has also received smaller project-based grants or research contracts from Trust for London, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the ESRC’s UK in a Changing Europe initiative, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.