Carlos Vargas-Silva

Carlos leads WP4 (Stocks of migrants with an irregular status) and is also involved in WP6 (Methods Innovation Lab).
Carlos Vargas-Silva is Professor in Migration Studies at the University of Oxford, Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and a Fellow of Kellogg College. He has a joint appointment between COMPAS, based at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, and the Oxford Department for International Development. 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 from other social sciences, he has developed conceptual frameworks and methodological approaches to investigate the evidence in this context. Carlos is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal Migration Studies, published by Oxford University Press and teaches in the MSc in Migration Studies at Oxford. He studied economics at the University of Puerto Rico (master) and Western Michigan University (PhD).

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