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The Role of the State in Attracting Highly-skilled Migrants: The Case of the Netherlands

Hercog, Metka. (2008) The Role of the State in Attracting Highly-skilled Migrants: The Case of the Netherlands. EIPAScope, 2008 (3). pp. 1-6.

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    Abstract

    The role of the state, with regard to immigration policies in particular, is still largely seen as having an effect on international migration flows through controls and selective admittance of migrants that satisfy policy-defined targets. However, highly-skilled migrants may choose among many different locations; hence, states may need to alter their view of migration of the highly-skilled, considering the individual as the selector rather than the selected. This article acknowledges this newly emerging perspective and considers skilled migration as a supply-side problem where the role of the state is seen as one about attracting potential migrants. Different theories on determinants of migration are observed from the position of a highly-skilled individual. Following up on the overview of theories, we draw a list of qualities that are relevant for the decision-making process of a highly skilled migrant. This analysis is followed by a country-specific assessment of the Netherlands concerning its position in the competition for internationally-mobile human capital. The elements of the immigration policy and other relevant country-specific factors are observed from the perspective of incentives or disincentives to immigrate.

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    Item Type: Article
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJC > immigration policy
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > employment/labour market > labour/labor
    Countries > Netherlands
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Journals > European Institute of Public Administration (Maastricht) > EIPASCOPE
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 28 May 2009
    Page Range: pp. 1-6
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:12
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11032

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