Philippe Fargues is a French demographer. He is a part-time Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute and an Affiliate at the Middle East Initiative of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School. He was the founding Director of EUI’s Migration Policy Centre and held senior positions at the National Institute for Demographic Studies in Paris and the American University in Cairo and taught at Harvard and various universities in France, the Middle East and Africa. His research interests include population, international migration and politics. His recent publications include: Skillful Survivals. Irregular Migration to the Gulf (with Nasra Shah, GRC-Cambridge, forthcoming 2017); Migration from North Africa and the Middle East: Skilled Migrants, Development and Globalisation (IB Tauris, 2015), Is What We Hear About Migration Really True? Questioning Eight Migration Stereotypes (EUI, 2014); International Migration and the Nation State in Arab Countries (Middle East Law and Governance, 2013); Demography, Migration and Revolt in the South of the Mediterranean (Brookings, 2012); International Migration and the Demographic Transition: a Two-Way Interaction (International Migration Review, 2011).


Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 1974

    Doctorat de 3e cycle

    Sociology, Paris-Sorbonne

  • Ph.D. 2000

    Doctorat d’état sur travaux

    Demography, Paris-Panthéon

  • Diploma 1968

    Diploma in modern standard Arabic

    Arabic Language and Middle Eastern Studies, École des Langues Orientales Vivantes, Paris

Latest Academic Positions

  • present2017

    Part-time Professor, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute (Florence) and Affiliate at the Middle East Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School (Cambridge, MA)

  • 20162009

    Robert Schuman Chair and Migration Policy Centre founding Director

    Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute (Florence)

  • 20092007

    Professor and Director of the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS)

    American University in Cairo

  • 20072004

    Founding Director of the Euro-Mediterranean Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration

    European University Institute

  • 20041999

    Senior researcher and Head of the “International Migration and Minorities”

    INED, the French National Institute for Demographic Studies (Paris)