Un-restricted agents? International migration of the highly skilled revisited

H. Pethe
2007 Social Geography Discussions  
International migration of highly skilled people is often conceived as the international mobility of educated personnel within transnational companies. It epitomises the successful international migration of labour. This article critically reviews this conception and analyses the major viewpoints on the phenomenon. Starting with a description of 5 brain drain in the 1960s, researchers' attention shifted to analyses of brain exchange in the late 1980s. Studies came to the fore that focused on
more » ... that focused on international migration processes from a company-related perspective and emphasised the influence of transnational companies. The importance of individual migrants, however, was neglected, since they appeared to have minor influence on the migration process. Due to recent 10
doi:10.5194/sgd-3-211-2007 fatcat:bfaqnaxdsndzho4be4i7citq5e