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. 

Founder and Director
Shereen Husseinis a Health and Social Care Policy professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), United Kingdom.
Shereen Founded the MENARAH Network in 2019, through an initial grant from the Global Challenge Research Fund, UKRI. She is a medical demographer with expertise in ageing, family dynamics, migration and long-term care systems. Shereen regularly collaborates with the United Nations, the World Health Organisation and the World Bank in policy and research focused on ageing in the Middle East and North Africa Region.
Shereen received her undergraduate degree in statistics and a postgraduate degree in computer science at Cairo University. She completed an MSc in medical demography at the London School of Hygiene and a PhD in quantitative demography and population studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom.