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Ann Singleton - University of Bristol. Bristol, , GB

Ann Singleton Ann Singleton

Senior Research Fellow | University of Bristol


Exploring human migration patterns and the use of data on migrants

Areas of Expertise (9)

Policy on Migration

Migration Data


Deaths of Migrants

International Migration

Data and Statistics in Migration

Issues In Migrant Populations


Migrant Journeys


Ann Singleton is based in the School for Policy Studies. An expert on migration statistics and their use in policy, she explores various aspects of migration including missing data or under-reported statistics relating to, for instance, people with disabilities, the undocumented, and people in detention centres. She has also examined the deaths of migrants during their journey and she has looked at the establishment of formally-recognised and accredited sites of deaths of migrants.

Ann is a Senior Adviser to the International Organisation for Migration’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), and a member of the UN Statistical Division’s Expert Group on Migration Statistics, which is currently revising the UN’s international recommendations on migration statistics. She has advised the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and EU Presidencies, the Global Migration Group, national governments, NGOs and international organisations.






Westminster Abbey Institute - Westminster Dialogue: Has migration overwhelmed us?



Education (2)

London Guildhall University: M.A., Government and Politics 1988

University of Lancaster: B.A., Urban Policy and Race Relations 1984

Affiliations (3)

  • Member, UNDESA’s Expert Advisory Group on Migration Statistics
  • Member, Scientific Advisory (Programme) Committee of the International Forum on Migration Statistics
  • Member, Commissioning Panel for the ESRC’s call for Brexit Priority Grants

Media Appearances (1)

Migrant deaths are 'vastly under-reported' according to new report

Medical Xpress  online


The report, the second part of Fatal Journeys Volume 3: Improving data on missing migrants from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and co-edited by University of Bristol academic Ann Singleton, comes just days after the US pulled out of the United Nations' global compact on migration

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Articles (3)

Is it Time to Phase Out UNDESA 's Regional Criterion of Development?

International Migration

2019 International migration to developing countries has attracted increasing attention because of its growing volume in absolute terms and its potential contribution to development. However, conclusions about what is happening in these countries depend crucially on the way migration and development are measured and analysed.

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Age is Just a Number? Supporting Migrant Young People with Precarious Legal Status in the UK

The International Journal of Children's Rights

2019 This paper challenges the focus on age 18 as an exclusionary point in law for migrant young people, particularly unaccompanied migrants, with insecure legal status. Initially meant to provide a protective category of “childhood” in law, focus on age 18 creates a sharp transition point in law for young people.

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Speaking Truth to Power? Why Civil Society, Beyond Academia, Remains Marginal in EU Migration Policy

Integrating Immigrants in Europe

2015 The dynamics of the EU’s research-policy nexus may have made it more difficult for other stakeholders than academia and policymakers to influence EU policymaking in the field of migrant integration.

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