Indian Skilled Migration and Development

To Europe and Back

  • Gabriela Tejada
  • Uttam Bhattacharya
  • Binod Khadria
  • Christiane Kuptsch

Part of the Dynamics of Asian Development book series (DAD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gabriela Tejada, Uttam Bhattacharya
      Pages 3-26
  3. Context and Trends

  4. Empirical Evidence and Policy Implications

About this book


This topical volume offers new empirical evidence on Indian skilled migrants living in European countries, which have become important destinations in the global competition for talent, and on returnees in India. Making use of an interdisciplinary and multi-level analytical framework, which simultaneously includes diaspora interventions and return migration as its main channels of participation, the studies included in this volume offer original insights into the dynamics of skilled migration from India and its effects. The chapters highlight the determining factors required to channel possible contributions towards broad-based development and they suggest policy options for the home and host countries.

Skilled migration has emerged as a major theme in the migration and development nexus in recent years, and this has led to an increase in studies that contemplate foreign-based skilled individuals from the perspective of their potential contributions to their countries of origin, either through diaspora interventions or their eventual return. India is a paradigmatic case, given the significant presence of Indian skilled professionals and students in industrialised countries and the established positive vision of their influence on the socioeconomic progress of the country through transfers of knowledge and skills, investment and financial remittances. At the same time, the number of skilled professionals returning to India has also increased, and these returnees bring an accumulation of knowledge and technical abilities, financial resources and entrepreneurial ventures, which are susceptible to generating changes in the local context. However, the creation of benefits depends on several factors, mostly associated with structural conditions and opportunities in the countries of destination and origin concerned.

The volume critically discusses the above issues in the context of skilled migration from India to Europe and will be useful for academics and policy makers interested in migration studies and development issues.


Backwards knowledge transfer Developmental impacts on home country Developmental impacts on host country Diaspora and development Global competition for talent Globalization of higher education Indian skilled professionals in Europe International mobility of scientists International student migration Investment-linked skilled migration Migrant experiences in host countries Migration between India and the European Union Migration policy in Europe Repercussions of high-skill mobility Return migration and development Reverse migration Scientific diasporas Skilled migrants as agents of development Skilled return migrants in India Women skilled migrants and development

Editors and affiliations

  • Gabriela Tejada
    • 1
  • Uttam Bhattacharya
    • 2
  • Binod Khadria
    • 3
  • Christiane Kuptsch
    • 4
  1. 1.Cooperation and Development CenterEPFLLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Institute of Development StudiesKolkataIndia
  3. 3.Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, School of Social SciencesJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia
  4. 4.International Migration Programme (MIGRANT)International Labour OrganizationGenevaSwitzerland

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