Migrant workers in homecare


This Policy Brief outlines early findings from a new study of migrant labour in England’s homecare sector led by Professor Shereen Hussein at the University of KentThe study forms part of the wider Sustainable Care: connecting people and systems research programme, and draws on:

  • A review of existing evidence about migrant care workers in the UK
  • A survey of 32 people with expertise and knowledge of social care and migration, focused on issues of demand and supply
  • Interviews with 25 migrant homecare workers
  • Ongoing comparative analysis of the sustainability of migrant care work in eight countries, to be reported separately.Data were collected, in 2019-2020, at a time of uncertainty associated with the UK’s departure from the European Union, its future immigration system, and ongoing challenges in adult social care.


Turnpenny, A. & Hussein, S. (2020) Migrant workers in England’s homecare sector, Policy Brief, Sustainable Care, University of Sheffield. 

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Professor of Health and Social Care Policy, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Shereen Hussein is a Professor of Health and Social Care Policy at the Department of Health Services Research and Policy (HSRP) at the LSHTM. She is a Co-Director of the PRUComm policy research unit. She is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Kent and King’s College London in the UK and the University of Southern Queensland in Australia.

Shereen is a demographer with expertise in labour-migration, sociology and economics. Her primary research revolves around ageing, family dynamics, migration and long-term care. Shereen has previously worked with the United Nations, the Population Council, the World Bank, and the League of Arab States. Her current research focuses on ageing demographics, long term care demand and migration within the UK and Europe and the implications on policy and practice.

Shereen has conducted extensive research on population ageing and its impact on long term care and health policy and practices in the UK, internationally and in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. She has contributed to recent United Nations’ policy response to ageing in the region through collaboration with UN-ESCWA and directly providing expert consultations to several countries in the region including Turkey, Oman and Egypt. Shereen leads many large research projects on ageing and long-term care in the UK and contributes to a large project addressing responses to dementia in developing countries STRiDE. Shereen is the founder and lead of the MENARAH network.