A Comparative Study of Return Migration Policies Targeting the Highly Skilled in Four Major Sending Countries
Title: A Comparative Study of Return Migration Policies Targeting the Highly Skilled in Four Major Sending Countries
Author: JONKERS, Koen
Series/Number: MIREM-AR; 2008/05; [Return Migration and Development Platform (RDP)]
This report is an attempt to provide a provisional comparative analysis of policies implemented in China, India, Argentina, and Mexico to facilitate the return of highly skilled expatriates and their professional reintegration. These countries differ in terms of the outbound and return flows of highly skilled professionals, as well as in the timing and intensity of the programs they have implemented. In general, career or business opportunities, and hence the offer of a conducive professional and socio-economic environment are central to attracting returnees. Migrant networks, temporary and permanent return migration programs exist in various forms and, apart from having their own merits, can complement each other in facilitating the return migration process. A long term, pluralistic and systemic approach, which in parallel to offering incentives involves the removal of administrative barriers, is considered to be important in bringing back and successfully reintegrating large numbers of highly skilled expatriates.
Subject: migration; return migration; China; India; Argentina; Mexico
Collective Action to Support the Reintegration of Return Migrants in their Country of Origin (MIREM)
Type of Access: openAccess