Jørgen Carling

Research Professor

Jørgen Carling
Email: jorgen@prio.org
Work phone: (+47) 22 54 77 64
Mobile phone: (+86) 131 4367 2370 (China)
Twitter: @jorgencarling
Website: www.jorgencarling.org
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Research Interests

See also my personal web site.
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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, International Migration and Migration Letters.

What I am doing at the moment: Spring 2019

The spring semester is the second half of my stay in Guangzhou, China, where my wife Heidi is doing research. I will work primarily on MIGNEX, a large European project migration and development that I lead. The project manager Anne Duquenne and I work closely with colleagues at ODI and the communications agency Soapbox to set up the project website and prepare for more than 80 publications over the coming five years. Alongside MIGNEX, I will work finalizing our project Transnational Lives in the Welfare State (TRANSWEL).  Throughout the spring I will also be working with Erlend Paasche on analyses of how migration and return are represented in Nigerian cultural production. I am also completing work on several other projects before starting work on my ERC Consolidator project Future Migration as Present Fact (FUMI) in July.


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Language skills
Mother tongue: Norwegian
English, and Cape Verdean Kriol
Reading proficiency: Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, German, French
All but forgotten: Esperanto and Japanese

Work experience
2014-current: Research Professor, PRIO.
2012-2014: 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. .