This site was created by Jørgen Carling, Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), as a permanent information resource. It seeks to explain what the disagreement over the meaning of ‘migrants’ is about and how it matters. The view presented here does not reflect a particular institutional agenda, but insights from academic research and a concern for the dignity and well-being of people on the move.

I also maintain a personal website, jorgencarling.org, and a staff profile page at PRIO. You can find me an Twitter as @jorgencarling. Migration research at PRIO is presented on a dedicated section of the institute’s web site.

Disclosure statement

The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) emphasizes independence, integrity and transparency and does not accept research funding that jeopardizes these values. My research has been financed by a range of funders that include the Research Council of Norway, Norwegian government agencies, the European Commission, and (on a smaller scale) several international organizations. I have collaborated with the UN Migration Agency (IOM), partly through my membership in the Migration Research Leaders Syndicate.

The work invested in this web site is not linked to a specific project nor covered by a specific external funder. It is part of my general obligation and commitment to use my academic expertise to contribute to public debate.