Carlos Vargas-Silva Director of COMPAS

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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 and a member of Kellogg College. Carlos is co-founder and current Editor-in-Chief of the journal Migration Studies.

He is 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. This project explored, among others, 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.

Topics

Asylum and RefugeesLabour Markets

News & Blogs

Seasonal harvest workers during COVID-19

Roxana Barbulescu & Carlos Vargas-Silva

The COMPAS 2018 list of best books on migration

Rosaleen Cunningham, Michael Keith, Mikal Mast, Nathan Grassi, Zovanga Kone, Rob McNeil, Carlos Vargas-Silva and COMPAS Communications

Immigration and the reallocation of work health risks

Osea Giuntella, Carlos Vargas-Silva & Catia Nicodemo

Tap LinkedIn for data gold dust

Carlos Vargas-Silva

Colombia: A Wandering Country?

Isabel Ruiz and Carlos Vargas-Silva

Migration in Scotland

Carlos Vargas-Silva

The 2011 Census project

Carlos Vargas-Silva

The economics of forced migration

Carlos Vargas-Silva

Migration and Economic Growth

Carlos Vargas-Silva

Projects

Aligning Migration Management and the Migration–Development Nexus (MIGNEX)

Carlos Vargas-Silva, Esther Arenas-Arroyo and Zovanga Kone | 2018 - 2023

Immigration and the NHS

Carlos Vargas-Silva | 2015 - 2016

Migration and Poverty in the UK

Martin Ruhs, Carlos Vargas-Silva, Madeleine Sumption and Yvonni Markaki | February – April 2015

Migration Services in Wales

Jonathan Price, Sarah Spencer, Carlos Vargas-Silva and Yvonni Markaki | January 2015 – March 2017

Role of European Mobility and its Impacts in Narratives, Debates and EU Reforms (REMINDER)

Carlos Vargas-Silva, Esther Arenas-Arroyo, Madeleine Sumption, Martin Ruhs, Rob McNeil, Scott Blinder, William Allen, Yvonni Markaki, Cinzia Rienzo and Osea Giuntella | January 2017 - December 2019

The Economic Integration of Refugees in the UK (ECONREF)

Carlos Vargas-Silva and Zovanga Kone | February 2017 - January 2019

The Labour Market Impacts of Forced Migration (LAMFOR)

Carlos Vargas-Silva | June 2013 – December 2015

The Socio-Economic Impact of Refugees on Local Communities

Carlos Vargas-Silva, Esther Arenas-Arroyo and Zovanga Kone | 2018 - 2020