Jørgen Carling

Jørgen Carling

Research Professor in Migration Studies

Email: jorgen@prio.org

Mobile phone: (+47) 47 32 42 42

X: @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. 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
  • Discourse and document analysis

Editorial board memberships

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


  • PhD, Human geography (University of Oslo, 2007)
  • Cand. polit., Human geography (University of Oslo, 2001)
  • Cand. mag., Human geography, demography and economics (University of Oslo, 1998)
  • International Baccalaureate (United World College of the Atlantic, 1993)
Work positions
Research Professor in Migration StudiesPeace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Visiting scholarUnited Nations University-MERIT, Maastricht
Visiting scholarNational University of Singapore
Senior ResearcherPeace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Visiting scholarCOMPAS, University of Oxford
Visiting scholarNetherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI)
Doctoral researcherPeace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
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