Carlos Vargas-Silva

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Carlos Vargas-Silva is Research Director and Associate Professor at COMPAS, University of Oxford. He is also the Director of the Doctoral Programme in Migration Studies at Oxford and a member of Kellogg College. Carlos is also co-founder and current Associate Editor of the journal Migration Studies. His research focuses on the interaction of migration, including forced migration, with labour markets and public services in migrant sending and receiving countries.

He is currently Principal Investigator and Consortium Leader for the Horizon 2020 REMINDER project, a major research initiative which explores the implications of migration in Europe. In this project, he has explored issues related to the impacts of migrant inflows on access to public services and the physical burden and injury risk of the local population. He is also Principal Investigator of a new project that explores the social impacts of refugee resettlement in the United States.

Previously, Carlos was the Princial Investigator for the ECONREF project, which explored the integration of refugees in the UK. In this project, he explored differences in labour market outcomes between refugees and other migrants and health differences between migrants based on reason for immigration. In the past, he was also was Princial Investigator for the Labour Market Impacts of Forced Migration (LAMFOR) project, which explored the economic consequences of refugee migration in the Great Lakes region of Africa. In this project, he explored the consequences of hosting refugees in Tanzania (2015, 2016) and the outcomes of refugees returning to Burundi. He was also one of the researchers that developed the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford in 2010, and acted as Director of the Observatory in 2014 and 2017.

Carlos teaches the option The Economics of Migration: Who wins, who loses and why in the MSc in Migration Studies at Oxford. He supervises doctoral students interested in migration (in intersection with labour markets, development, and/or public policy) and welcomes new potential DPhil students interested in these areas. He also works with a vibrant group of post-doctoral fellows and is available for collaboration with early career researchers who want to consolidate their research in these topics.

Current projects
Principal Investigator, Role of European Mobility and its Impacts in Narratives, Debates and EU Reforms (REMINDER)
Grant from Horizon 2020 European Commission, amount 4,911,000 euro, 2017-2019.
Principal Investigator, The Socio-Economic Impact of Refugees on Local Communities
Grant from The John Fell Fund, amount 27,000 pound, 2018-2020.
Oxford University Lead Investigator, Aligning Migration Management and the Migration-Development Nexus (MIGNEX)
Grant from Horizon 2020 European Commission, amount 4,999,572 euro, 2018-2023. (coordinated by J. Carling at PRIO)

Previous projects
Principal Investigator, The Economic Integration of Refugees in the UK (ECONREF)
Grant from The Nuffield Foundation, amount 127,000 pound, 2017-2019.
Principal Investigator (2013-2016), The Labour Market Impacts of Forced Migration (LAMFOR)
Grant from IZA-DFID, amount 317,000 euro, 2013-2016.
Senior Researcher/Acting Director/Co-Founder (2010-2017), Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford