Carlos Vargas-Silva

Carlos Vargas-Silva

Senior Researcher, Migration Observatory

+44 (0)1865 284975

Carlos Vargas-Silva is an economist and senior researcher at COMPAS and a member of the Migration Observatory team, primarily working on projects in the Labour Markets cluster, with activities involved in the Global Exchange on Migration & Diversity. He is also a member of Kellogg College. 

His research interests include the economic impact of immigration on migrant receiving countries and the link between migration (including forced migration) and economic development in migrant sending countries.

Carlos has been a consultant in migration related projects for several international and policy agencies including the Asian Development Bank, European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank, UK Home Office and the United Nations University. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Migration Studies and the Principal Investigator of the Labour Market Impacts of Forced Migration project.

Selected Publications

Ruiz, I., Siegel, M. and Vargas-Silva, C. (forthcoming) ‘Forced up or down? The Impact of Forced Migration on Social Status’, Journal of Refugee Studies.

Vargas-Silva, C. (forthcoming) ‘Highly Skilled Migrant Workers and the UK Business Cycle’, Population, Space and Place.

Vargas-Silva, C. (2014) ‘EU Migration to the UK: Trends and Impacts’, Intereconomics, 49(3): 123-128. 

Ruiz, I. and Vargas-Silva, C. (2014) ‘Remittances and the Business Cycle: A Reliable Relationship?Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 40(3): 456-474.

Ruiz, I. and Vargas-Silva, C. (2013) ‘The Economics of Forced Migration’, Journal of Development Studies, 49(6): 772-784.

Gamlen, A., Delano, A., Lacroix, T., Paoletti, E., Sigona, N. and Vargas-Silva, C. (2013) ‘Fault Lines and Contact Zones: A New Forum for Migration Studies’, Migration Studies, (opening editorial), 1(1): 1-3.

Full list of publications