Jørgen Carling

Research Professor

Jørgen Carling
Email: jorgen@prio.org
Work phone: (+47) 22 54 77 64
Mobile phone: (+47) 47 32 42 42
Twitter: @jorgencarling
Website: www.jorgencarling.org
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Research Interests

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Theories of migration and transnationalism
Migration aspirations and intentions
 Networks and chain migration processes
Family and gender in migration
Immigration policy and migration pressure
Border control and migrant fatalities
Undocumented migration and human smuggling
 The demography of immigrant communities
 Remittances and migration-development links

I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Cape Verde, Italy and the Netherlands, primarily with Cape Verdeans, but also with migrants from Ghana and China. Through statistical data and secondary analysis, I have engaged with migration to Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and United Kingdom, as well as to Europe more generally. This work has examined migration from Brazil, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, Pakistan, Turkey, Ukraine, and other countries. I have used diverse methods, often in combination:

 Semi-structured interviews
 Participant observation in multi-sited fieldwork
 Purpose-made sample surveys
 Statistical analysis of existing survey data
 Demographic projection from register data
 Discourse and document analysis

I hold a position as Research Affiliate at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford. I am an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, the International Migration Review and Migration Letters.

What I am doing at the moment: Autumn 2017

Much of my time in the second half of 2017 will be devoted analysing of data from our project Transnational Lives in the Welfare State (TRANSWEL). Roughly 100 interviews have been transcribed and coded, and our first results will be presented at a workshop in January 2018. I will also keep working with my Maastricht colleague Elaine McGregor on an ambitious attempt at bibliometric mapping of migration studies. In late August I will present Transnational place: theory and method in the search for an elusive facet of placeness at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference, a major event for geographers. A month later I will take part in preparations for the Global Compact on Migration in Geneva, as part of my membership in the Migration research leaders syndicate. One of my contributions there will address different approaches to countering migrant smuggling. Throughout the autumn I will also be working with Erlend Paasche on analyses of how migration and return are represented in Nigerian cultural production.


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Language skills
Proficient: English, Norwegian and Cape Verdean Kriol
Basic skills: Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch
All but forgotten: Esperanto and Japanese

Work experience
2012-: Research Professor; Research Director, PRIO.
2011-2011: Research Professor; Programme Leader, PRIO.
2009-2011: Senior Researcher; Programme Leader, PRIO.
2007-2009: Senior Researcher, PRIO.
2002-2007: Researcher, PRIO.
1999: Research assistant, Statistics Norway
1998: Research assistant, Institute for Social Research
1997: Research assistant, Statistics Norway

Academic visitorships
2016: UNU-MERIT United Nations University and Maastricht University
2010: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
2005: COMPAS, University of Oxford
2003: Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute

2007. PhD (Human geography)
University of Oslo, Norway.
2001. Cand. polit. (Human geography)
University of Oslo, Norway.
1998. Cand. mag. (Human geography, demography and economics)
University of Oslo, Norway.
1993. International Baccalaureate
United World College of the Atlantic, Wales.


The following publications are specific to the PRIO GPS Centre. A more complete list is available at www.prio.org.

All Publications

Non-refereed Journal Article

Carling, Jørgen (2005) Trafficking in Women from Nigeria to Europe, Migration Information Source.

Report - External Series

Carling, Jørgen (2005) Gender Dimensions of International Migration, Global Migration Perspectives, 35. .