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Mobile Brains and the Question of ‘Deskilling’:
High-skilled South Asian migrants in Denmark


Based on two ethnographic studies on the experiences of high-skilled migrants in Denmark, we argue that it is problematic to presume a simple correlation between ‘deskilling’ and what is often regarded as low-status jobs. We claim that many of these migrants are, albeit discreetly, actively gaining new skills and knowledge through low-status jobs not related to their qualifications and/or utilising their existing knowledge and skills in their everyday lives. We approach skills as a social construct that differs according to context and under particular historical circumstances, not merely as a neutral, measurable and easily transferable human capital. The article offers critical analysis of simultaneous processes of skilling–deskilling–reskilling–upskilling linked to migration and generates new insights into debates on highly educated migrants in a Nordic context.

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Stimulating Flexible Citizenship: The Impact of Dutch and Indian Migration Policies on the Lives of Highly Skilled Indian Migrants in the Netherlands

many research participants was made through our existing network, interactive forums targeting high-skilled migrants in the Netherlands (e.g. and www.indianhigh-skilled ) and Facebook groups. We also established contacts at India-orientated festivals, cricket matches, conferences, debates and network meetings in both The Hague and the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. There are several associations, foundations and groups in the Netherlands that organize events addressing India sympathizers. A large number of these events are listed

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A study of status and affect in online discussion forums


While ethnic hierarchies and labour market enclaves are commonly discussed at the macro level, this study focuses on a less explored area of research, namely, the study of ethnic and professional hierarchies on the level of mediated discourse. Taking various kinds of online discussion forums as the empirical entry point, this article sets out to answer if and how ethnicity, migrant background and/or language skills emerge as new hierarchical logics beside divisions, such as gender and education, when professional status is assigned online. Drawing on affect theory and the notion of status conflict, this article argues that in Finnish online discussion forums, the high-skilled migrant care worker is envisioned as a paradoxical figure who at the same time is seen as a saviour from abroad and an “affect alien” who causes confusion and discomfort. Both positions, the article argues, are the fruits of a narrow discursive construction of the commodified high-skilled migrant as “a servant” for our needs.

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The White Side of Migration: Reflections on race, citizenship and belonging in Sweden

. King, R 2002, ‘Towards a new map of European migration’, Population, space and place, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 89-106. Knowles, C & Harper, DA 2009, Hong Kong: migrant lives, landscapes, and journeys, University of Chicago Press, Chicago. Lan, P-C 2011, ‘White Privilege, Language Capital and Cultural Ghettoisation: Western High-Skilled Migrants in Taiwan’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, vol. 37, no. 10, pp. 1669-1693. Leonard, P 2013, ‘Making whiteness work in South Africa: A translabour approach’, Women’s Studies

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How Does Place Matter to Highly Skilled Migrants?
Work/non-work experiences of international physicians in Norway and Sweden

immigration’, in Brain drain and brain gain: the global competition to attract high-skilled migrants , eds T Boeri, et al., Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 36-65. Bude, H & Dürrschmidt, J 2010, ‘What is wrong with globalization? Contra flow-speak: towards an existential turn in globalization theory’, European Journal of Social Theory , vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 481-500, DOI:10.1177/1368431010382761. Bygnes, S & Erdal, MB 2017, ‘Liquid migration, grounded lives: considerations about future mobility and settlement among Polish and Spanish migrants in Norway

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Longitudinal and spatial perspectives on the mismatch of tertiary educated migrant workers in the Czech labour market: The case of Ukrainians

. 111. PLÖGER, J., BECKER, A. (2015): Social Networks and Local Incorporation—Grounding High-skilled Migrants in Two German Cities. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 41(10): 1517–1535. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2015.1015407 RAGHURAM, P., KOFMAN, E. (2004): Out of Asia: Skilling, re-skilling and deskilling of female migrants. Women’s Studies International Forum 27(2004): 95–100. RAKOVCOVÁ, D. (2017): Migration plans of the international PhD students. Geografie 122(1): 45–63. ROZUMEK, M. (2012): Neregistrovaní migranti a zaměstnání. Paper

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Temporal aspects of precarious work and life in Finland

, Minneapolis/London pp. 216-33. Boeri, T & Brücker, H 2012, Brain Drain and Brain Gain: The Global Competition to Attract High-Skilled Migrants . Oxford University Press. Cai, Y & Kivistö, J 2013, ‘Tuition fees for international students in Finland: where to go from here?’, Journal of Studies in International Education vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 55-78. Cai, Y, Hölttä, S & Kivistö, J 2012 ‘Finnish higher education institutions as exporters of education—are they ready?’ In S. Ahola & D. Hoffman eds, Higher education research in Finland: Emerging structures and

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Modern interregional migration: evidence from Japan and Poland

approaches to this phenomenon. A review paper by Faggian et al. [2017] sums up the literature on the consequences of interregional migration flows (in particular, high-skilled migrant flows) on the economies of both receiving and sending regions. Among others, the authors summarize the definitions of regions in recent interregional studies, splitting them into two groups, viz., administrative regions and functional regions, and then breaking them down into large (NUTS-1), medium (NUTS-2), and smaller scale (NUTS-3) for the former group and into local labor markets, travel

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Diaspora Externalities

skilled migrants. An exception is Felbermayr and Jung (2009) , who use bilateral panel data on trade volumes and South-North migration to OECD countries. The authors present three major results. First, failing to control for unobserved heterogeneity indeed leads to overestimation. Second, there is, nevertheless, a statistically and economically significant causal effect of migration on trade: a 1% increase in the bilateral stock of migrants raises bilateral trade by 0.11 percent. Third, low- and high-skilled migrants strongly boost bilateral trade by comparable

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