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Experiences of the UK Immigration System Survey

Welcome to the University of Oxford’s survey “Experiences of the UK Immigration System”


This survey is now closed. Thank you for your participation


Why does your opinion matter?

We’d like to hear about your experiences living in the UK as a non-UK citizen. Hundreds of thousands of people go through the UK’s immigration system every year, but little is known about whether their experiences are positive or negative. By answering our survey, you are helping researchers get better information about the impacts of immigration policies on individuals. This will help us identify ways to improve UK migration system and better support non-UK citizens living here.

What will the survey cover?

We will ask you about your time in the UK, such as, for example, when you moved and your future plans. We will also ask you about your experiences applying for a visa or immigration status—for example, how difficult it was to apply.

Who is conducting this research?

The survey was designed by a team of researchers based at the University of Oxford, the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and the Migration Observatory.

Who has funded this research?

We have received funding from the University of Oxford and the following philanthropic organisations: Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy and the Barrow Cadbury Trust.

Data Confidentiality

Your details and answers to this survey will be confidential. This means these data will be safely stored in a password-protected electronic file on the University of Oxford’s secure servers. Only the researchers directly involved in the project can access the data.

This project has been reviewed by the Central University Research Ethics Committee and received ethics clearance through the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography Research Ethics Committee (reference number SAME_C1A_22_083).


If you have any questions, you can email us at migration.observatory@compas.ox.ac.uk.

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This Migration Observatory is kindly supported by the following organisations.

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