Professor Carlos Vargas-Silva

Professor of Migration Studies

Carlos Vargas-Silva is Professor in Migration Studies, 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 of 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.

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.

Teaching & Supervision
MIGNEX – Aligning Migration Management and the Migration–Development Nexus


Professor Vargas-Silva teaches courses on Migration and the Economy and Quantitative Methods for the MSc in Migration Studies.

Doctoral supervision

He is willing to supervise students wishing to explore 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.

Research Students supervised

Journal articles and special issues

Vargas-Silva, Carlos (with D Turcatti) (2022) '"I Returned to Being an Immigrant”: Onward Latin American Migrants and Brexit', Ethnic and Racial Studies 45 287-307
Vargas-Silva, Carlos (2021) 'Quantitative Modelling of Race, Ethnicity and Migration Issues', Mélanvargges de la Casa de Velázquez. Nouvelle série 255-64
Vargas-Silva, Carlos (with I Ruiz) (2021) 'The Anxiety of Political Uncertainty: Insights from the Brexit Vote', The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social 697 81-98
Vargas-Silva, Carlos (with P Boccagni) (2021) 'Feeling at Home Across Time and Place: A Study of Ecuadorians in Three European Cities', Population, Space and Place 27
Vargas-Silva, Carlos (with I Ruiz) (2021) 'The Impacts of Refugee Repatriation on Receiving Communities', Journal of Economic Geography 21 169-94
Vargas-Silva, Carlos (with Z Kone, I Ruiz) (2021) 'Self-Employment and Reason for Migration: Are Those Who Migrate for Asylum Different From Other Migrants?', Small Business Economics 56 947-62
Vargas-Silva, Carlos (with M Fernandez-Reino, M Sumption) (2020) 'From Low-Skilled to Key Workers: The Implications of Emergencies for Immigration Policy', Oxford Review of Economic Policy 36 S382–S96
Vargas-Silva, Carlos (with O Giuntella, F Mazzonna and C Nicodemo) (2019) 'Immigration and the Reallocation of Work Health Risks', Journal of Population Economics 32 1009-42
Vargas-Silva, Carlos (with M Sumption ) (2019) 'Love Is Not all you Need: Income Requirement for Visa Sponsorship of Foreign Family Members', Journal of Economics, Race and Policy 2 62-76
Vargas-Silva, Carlos (with I Ruiz) (2018) 'Differences in Labour Market Outcomes Between Natives, Refugees and Other Migrants in the UK', Journal of Economic Geography 18 855-85
Vargas-Silva, Carlos (with O Giuntella and C Nicodemo) (2018) 'The Effects of Immigration on NHS Waiting Times', Journal of Health Economics 58 123-43
Vargas-Silva, Carlos (with O Giuntella, Z Kone and I Ruiz) (2018) 'Reason for Immigration and Immigrants’ Health', Public Health 158 102-9
Vargas-Silva, Carlos (with S Fransen and M Siegel) (2018) 'The Impact of Refugee Experiences on Education: Evidence from Burundi', IZA Journal of Development and Migration 8
Vargas-Silva, Carlos (with I Ruiz) (2018) 'The Impact of Hosting Refugees on the Intra-household Allocation of Tasks: A Gender Perspective', Review of Development Economics 22 1461-88
Vargas-Silva, Carlos (with I Ruiz) (2017) 'Are Refugees’ Labour Market Outcomes Different from those of Other Migrants? Evidence from the United Kingdom in the 2005 – 2007 Period', Population, Space and Place 23
Vargas-Silva, Carlos (with I Ruiz) (2017) 'The Consequences of Forced Migration for Host Communities in Africa', Revue d'Economie du Developpement 25 (3-4) 135-54
Vargas-Silva, Carlos (with S Fransen and I Ruiz) (2017) 'Return Migration and Economic Outcomes in the Conflict Context', World Development 95 196-210
Vargas-Silva, Carlos (2017) 'Remittances Sent to and from the Forcibly Displaced', Journal of Development Studies 53 11 1835-48
Research interests:

migration, refugees, labour markets