Special Issue: Return from Migration and Circulation of Highly Educated People: The Never Ending Brain Drain

Guest Editors: J. Gaillard, A-M. Gaillard and V.V. Krishna

From Science Technology & Society

Looking back into the 1960s and perhaps 1970s on the discourse and controversy of brain drain (Das, 1971), there exists different perspectives on migration of trained (or to be trained) brains to more developed countries. From a contemporary perspective, one can see today that the issue and the phenomena of brain drain, still persists and there is plethora of literature on this subject. It is indeed rather unthinkable that anyone can pretend or assume that home countries do not suffer from the loss of their highly trained skilled personnel or professionals (Adams, 1968; Amuzegar, 1968). At the same time it is also difficult to imagine that they cannot potentially benefit from their highly qualified expatriates in terms of transfer of technology, remittances, political support, networks, etc.

It is appropriate and timely for STS journal to explore and capture this changing dynamic of migration of professionals through some interesting case studies from different parts of the world. This special issue on ‘return from migration and circulation of highly educated people’ presents case studies from China, India, Singapore, South Korea, Morocco, South Africa, Spain and Argentina.

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J. Gaillard, A-M. Gaillard, and V.V. Krishna
Return from Migration and Circulation of Highly Educated People: The Never-ending Brain DrainScience Technology & Society November 2015 20: 269-278, doi:10.1177/0971721815597168

     
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