Transforming the Collection, Presentation, and Use of Data in the UK Migration Policy Debate
The Migration Observatory has transformed public and policy debate on migration and changed the practices of government departments, media, and third-sector organizations regarding migration data.
This impact extends beyond reporting on migration. Civil society organizations have also benefited from the Migration Observatory, which offers impartial evidence that they can use to support their arguments. The Observatory is widely trusted because it is rooted in Oxford University research, particularly that undertaken by Dr Martin Ruhs prior to 2011. As a direct result of his research, he became Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords Inquiry into the economic impacts of migration to Britain (2008) and member of the Migration Advisory Committee, the politically neutral body that advises the government on migration data and policy (2007-present). These roles have helped his research and the Migration Observatory to gain credibility.