Carlos Vargas-Silva

Carlos Vargas-Silva is Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society and Professor of Migration Studies 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 and is an external Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO).

The overarching theme of his research is the interaction of migration with labour markets, public services, and health outcomes, with a key focus on the role of policy in affecting those interactions. An important contribution of his work has been the application of concepts from economics to conceptualise migration decisions and the impacts of migration on host communities in the forced migration context. Bringing additional insights of geography and population studies, he has developed conceptual frameworks and methodological approaches to investigate the evidence in this context.

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. 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. 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
Co-Investigator, Feeding the Nation: Seasonal Migrant Workers and Food Security During COVID-19 Pandemic
Grant ESRC, amount 307,880 pound, 2020-2022. (by R. Barbulescu at Leeds)
Senior Researcher, TRUST: Attitudinal Impacts of Refugees on Host Communities in the Global South
Grant Research Council of Norway, amount 12,000,000 NOK, 2020-2023. (by H. Buhaug at PRIO)
Principal Investigator, The Socio-Economic Impact of Refugees on Local Communities
Grant from The John Fell Fund, amount 27,000 pound, 2018-2021.
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.

Recent papers
From Low-Skilled to Key Workers: The Implications of Emergencies for Immigration Policy
(2020) Oxford Review of Economic Policy (with M. Fernandez-Reino and M. Sumption).
The Impacts of Refugee Repatriation on Receiving Communities
(2020) Journal of Economic Geography (with I. Ruiz).
Self-Employment and Reason for Migration: Are Those Who Migrate for Asylum Different From Other Migrants?
(2020) JSmall Business Economics (with Z. Kone and I. Ruiz).