Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Agnieszka Weinar, Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels
    Pages 1-8 Open Access
  3. Agnieszka Weinar, Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels
    Pages 9-35 Open Access
  4. Agnieszka Weinar, Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels
    Pages 37-77 Open Access
  5. Agnieszka Weinar, Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels
    Pages 79-99 Open Access
  6. Agnieszka Weinar, Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels
    Pages 101-108 Open Access

About this book


This open access short reader discusses the emerging patterns of sedentary migration versus mobility of the highly-skilled thereby providing a comprehensive overview of the recent literature on highly-skilled migration. Highly-skilled migrations are arguably the only non-controversial migrant category in political and public discourse. The common perception is that highly-skilled migrants are high-earners with top educational skills and that they are easy to integrate. These perceptions make them a “wanted” migrant. There seems to be however a big divide between the popular perceptions of this migration and its realities uncovered in social research. This publication closes this divide by delving deeper in the variety of experiences, discourses and realities of highly skilled migrants, thereby uncovering the inherent divides between the highly skilled migrants from the North and the South. The reader shows that these divides are constructed realities, shaped by the state policies and underpinned by social imaginary. Written in an accessible language this reader is a perfect read for academics, students and policy makers and all those unfamiliar with the topic.


Open access Expatriates Lifestyle migrants Cosmopolitans Eurostars Elite migrants Knowledge migrants Low-skilled migrants International student migration Migration and integration Migration and labour market Settlement and mobility Transatlantic migrations Brain flows Highly skilled migration Labour market integration Freedom of movement Talent mobility

Authors and affiliations

  • Agnieszka Weinar
    • 1
  • Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of European and Russian StudiesCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Brussels School of International StudiesUniversity of KentEtterbeekBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-42203-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-42204-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2364-4087
  • Series Online ISSN 2364-4095
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