Mainstream Migration, Scientific Diasporas and Development – Impact of Return Skilled Migration on Development in India
What are the patterns and impact on development of return skilled migration and how can the potential of scientific diasporas best be exploited for development?

Summary

For more than a decade increased globalisation has accelerated international migration flows, and the mobility of skilled labor in particular. One major global concern is the migration of scientific and professional elites from developing countries for better personal and professional opportunities, which is considered as a net loss for the countries of origin and a gain for the richer destinations. However, recent global initiatives have highlighted migration-development interconnections based on feedback effects from skilled migration in the form of remittances, return and circular migration and contributions of diaspora associations.

The overall objective of this project is to advance knowledge-based evidence on return skilled migration and its impact on development, and to explore strategies and measures for leveraging the potential of scientific diasporas. Through the example of Indian skilled migration, the research will identify ways of involving returned skilled migrants in the development process at home as well as the best approaches to engage the diaspora in this. The project findings will have wider application in contributing to the policy dialogue on migration and development, and specifically on brain gain for developing and emerging countries.

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Research team

Gabriela Tejada
Coordinator
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Jean-Claude Bolay
Co-Coordinator
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Uttam Kumar Bhattacharya
Principal Member
Institute of Development Studies Kolkata

Metka Hercog
Principal Member
Other

Binod Khadria
Principal Member
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University

Christiane Kuptsch
Principal Member
International Labour Organisation – ILO

Zakaria Siddiqui
Principal Member
Institute of Development Studies Kolkata

Amiya Kumar Bagchi
Associated Member
Calcutta University Alipur Campus

Jean-Baptiste Meyer
Associated Member
Université de Provence (Aix-Marseille I)