Global Mobility of Highly Skilled People

Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Self-initiated Expatriation

  • Driss Habti
  • Maria Elo

Part of the International Perspectives on Migration book series (IPMI, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Highly Skilled Self-Initiated Expatriates and Assigned Expatriates: Recent Developments

  3. Emerging Drivers and Migration Dynamics of Highly Skilled Expatriates

  4. Integrated Networking and Capital Mobilization: Relational Dynamics Among Highly Skilled Expatriates

  5. Embedding Place and Process of Integration and Adjustment

About this book


This volume examines self-initiated expatriates (SIEs), the category of highly skilled people whose movement from one country to another is by choice. Although they are not forced to relocate due to work, conflict or natural disaster, their migration pattern is every bit as complex. The book challenges previous theoretical approaches that take for granted a more simplistic view of this population, and advances that mobility of SIEs relates to the expatriates themselves, their conditions and the different structures intervening in their career life course. With their visible increase worldwide, this book positions itself as a nexus for this on-going discussion, while linking self-initiated expatriation to the theoretical landscape of international skilled migration and mobility. Major interests that catch attention are transnational practices, work-related experiences and personal life course, including forms of inequalities in their migration experiences. The book identifies forms and drivers of migratory behaviour and provides an argument concerning the broader processes of mobility and integration. As such, this book constitutes a departure point for future research in terms of theoretical underpinnings and empirical rigor on global highly skilled mobility of SIEs. The collection of empirical case studies offers an insightful analysis for policy makers, concerned stakeholders and organizations to better cope with this form of migration.  


Self-initiated expatriates Highly skilled people Global mobility Expatriation in Finland Multi-level perspective Migrants' integration, adjustment and outcomes Work-life integration Boundaryless career

Editors and affiliations

  • Driss Habti
    • 1
  • Maria Elo
    • 2
  1. 1.Karelian InstituteUniversity of Eastern FinlandJoensuuFinland
  2. 2.School of Economics, Belt & Road Institute of International BusinessShanghai UniversityShanghaiChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-95055-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-95056-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-9805
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-9813
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