Brain circulation to the UK? Knowledge and investment flows from highly skilled British expatriates in Vancouver.
Harvey, William S.
Journal of Management Development
Purpose – This paper seeks to address two research questions: first, to what extent do highly skilled migrants intend to make personal business and financial investments in their home countries, and second, what factors influence them to invest in their home countries? Design/methodology/approach – The results are based on face-to-face and telephone interviews which took place between September, 2008 and March, 2009 with 64 highly skilled British migrants working in Vancouver, Canada. Respondents were asked a combination of open- and closed-ended questions. Findings – The results of this study find that the vast majority of respondents are not investing in or intending to return to their home country, which indicates that they contributing to brain circulation in a limited extent. Practical implications – The paper argues that governments and organisations in the home country can play an important role in facilitating brain circulation in Europe. Originality/value – Much of the academic literature suggests that the brain drain has now transformed into brain gain. The findings of this study do not support this shift because most of the sample of British expatriates in Vancouver are not intending to invest in or return to Europe. This is significant because highly skilled migrants could be better utilised as resources by European governments and organisations.
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