Carlos Vargas-Silva

Carlos Vargas-Silva is Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and Associate Professor at the 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 co-founder and current Editor-in-Chief of the journal Migration Studies.

He is also Principal Investigator of a project that explores the social impacts of refugee resettlement in the United States and is the Oxford leader for the MIGNEX project, a large initiative on migration and development. His research focuses on the interaction of migration, including forced migration, with labour markets and public services in migrant sending and receiving countries.

From 2017 to 2019, Carlos was the Principal Investigator and Consortium Leader for the Horizon 2020 REMINDER project, a major research initiative that explored the implications of migration in Europe. In this project, he explored issues related to the impacts of migrant inflows on access to public services and the health of the local population. During that period, he was also Principal Investigator for the ECONREF project, which explored the integration of refugees in the UK. This project explored differences between refugees and other migrants in labour market outcomes, entrepreneurship, and health.

From 2013 to 2015, he was Principal Investigator for the LAMFOR project, which explored the economic consequences of refugee movements in the Great Lakes region of Africa. The outputs of this project include studies of the consequences of hosting refugees in Tanzania (2015, 2016), the outcomes of refugees returning to Burundi and the impact of refugee repatriation on receiving communities.

He was one of the researchers who developed the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford in 2010, and acted as Director of the Observatory in 2014 and 2017.

Carlos teaches in the MSc in Migration Studies at Oxford. He also 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, 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 research 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 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.