Jørgen Carling

Jørgen Carling

Research Professor in Migration and Transnationalism Studies

Email: jorgen@prio.org

Mobile phone: (+47) 47 32 42 42

Twitter: @jorgencarling

Website: jorgencarling.org

Interests and experience

I do research on global migration, immobility and transnationalism. My work seeks to explain how migration arises, and how it affects societies, families and individuals. These questions have led me to examine migrant smuggling, remittance transactions, migration aspirations, and other specialized topics. I combine my background in Human Geography with perspectives from other disciplines and use both ethnographic and statistical methods. Beyond my thematic specialisms, I have an interest in academic writing, visualization and research communication. See also my personal web site.

I am Co-Director of the PRIO Migration Centre (see separate page).

My research primarily addresses these themes:

  • 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 use 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

Editorial board memberships I am an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, the International Migration Review, International Migration, Migration Letters, and Migration Studies.

Personal profiles on other sites

Language skills

  • Mother tongue: Norwegian
  • Fluency: 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.
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