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Developing capacity

Review of the migrant social care workforce


The Unit was commissioned by the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) to write a background paper on the UK social care workforce as part of the international collaborative project being undertaken by COMPAS, the Oxford Institute of Ageing (OIA), the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) and the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG) on the Role of Migrant Health and Social Care Workers in Ageing Societies: Planning for the Future. Subsequently the Unit also completed a background paper on staff shortages and immigration in the social care sector for the Migration Advisory Committee.


Jo Moriarty, SCWRU


Centre on Migration, Policy and Society


This review was informed by a narrative synthesis of research and policy documents on the UK social care workforce.





Moriarty, J., (2010), 'Competing with Myths: Migrant Labour in Social Care', in Ruhs, M. & Anderson, B. (eds), Who Needs Migrant Workers? Labour shortages, immigration and public policy, pp. 125-153, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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