EU Settlement Scheme Data Linkage Project
The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) Data Linkage Project is an ADR Wales initiative born out of the need to improve the evidence base on EU citizens in Wales who are part of the EU Settlement Scheme.
It aims to anonymously link Home Office data with other data already held within the SAIL Databank, enabling researchers and policymakers to better understand the experiences of EU citizens with Settled Status, and therefore to develop better informed policy and services that address the needs of this potentially vulnerable population.
A crucial element of understanding the experiences of EU citizens with Settled Status in Wales is understanding how their experiences differ from those of the rest of the population. The wealth of de-identified data in the SAIL Databank provides the opportunity to develop a closely matched control group of British citizens with similar characteristics. This could help explore whether or not EU citizens with Settled Status have different experiences to British citizens.
There are many elements researchers within this project aim to explore, including:
- Health (including mental health) of EU citizens in Wales. This data linkage will, for instance, provide an opportunity to compare the health experiences of EU citizens with the rest of the population in Wales.
- EU citizens’ involvement in the workforce. Understanding trends in the workforce is crucial to help maintain and improve the health of the economy. This research will investigate the experiences of EU citizens in the workforce.
- Educational experiences of EU citizens. As education attainment is such an important predictor of other outcomes, an understanding of the education experiences of EU citizens would be invaluable for supporting them in the future.
What is the potential of this newly linked data?
Combining EU Settlement Scheme data with other datasets will help us gain a better understanding of the experiences and outcomes of EU citizens in Wales, thereby generating better evidence to help inform policies. We hope this research can be expanded to the rest of the UK, and help inform all four countries about the particular needs of EU citizens post-Brexit.
- Project leads: Prof Stephen Drinkwater, Roehampton University; Matthew Curds, Dr Ffion Lloyd-Williams and Nick Webster, Welsh Government
- Funding amount: £177,053
- Duration: July 2020 – December 2023
This project is funded via the ADR UK Strategic Hub Fund, a dedicated fund for commissioning research using newly linked administrative data, in consultation with the former Research Commissioning Board (RCB).
Governance & Structures
This Steering Group consists of civil servants specialising in EU citizens migration and rights, research, and statistics; academics; and third sector organisation professionals specialising in migration and citizens’ rights. The Steering Group meets approximately every 3 months.
- Give strategic direction to the project and ensure project objectives are being met
- Monitor progress towards goals and agree proposed actions at critical points in project progress
- Oversee delivery of the Research Ready Dataset (RRD)
- Monitor project risks, suggest and oversee mitigations
- Raise any ethical issues they may observe.
- Champion the EUSS Data Linkage Project within and beyond the organisations they represent
- Identify opportunities to acquire additional funding or resources and links with other projects or initiatives
- Advise on ways the project might be built on
This Stakeholder Group consists of civil servants specialising in EU citizens migration and rights and third sector organisation professionals specialising in migration and citizens’ rights. The Stakeholder Group meets approximately every 3 months.
The role of the EUSS Project Stakeholder Consultation Group is to facilitate engagement and communication between the EUSS data linkage project colleagues and representatives of stakeholder organisations with an interest in the subject matter of the project.
The stakeholder consultation group sets out to achieve the following objectives:
- Provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge and expertise with regard to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).
- Increase awareness of the EUSS Data Linkage Project and its purpose.
- Act as advisors to the research as appropriate.
- Comment on the data and interpretation of findings.
- Communicating research findings to relevant organisations and EU citizens as appropriate.
Data Insight: European Union Settled Status (EUSS) Data Linkage Project (Wales): Preliminary findings for education
This Data Insight provides a preliminary analysis on education data relating to children born in the EU living in Wales and children born in Wales living in Wales, which
details their attendance and attainment at school. It is based upon the analysis of Education Wales data linked to 2011 Census data. This analysis forms part of the EU Settled Status (EUSS) Data Linkage Project, which aims to link European Union (EU) citizen data with other data already held within the SAIL Databank, based at Swansea University. Using a range of de-identified data in the SAIL Databank, a control group of British citizens in Wales has been matched with EU citizens with similar characteristics using the 2011 Census.
Data Insight: European Union migrants living in Wales
This Data Insight examines the differences between the number of European Union (EU) migrants living in Wales, and other countries of the UK, using different data sources. It particularly focuses on applications to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS), which has been a requirement for EU nationals living in the UK following the UK’s decision to leave the EU. In addition to considering the number of EU migrants from the different data sources, it also compares information on the origin countries of EU migrants to the UK.