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Scientific Diasporas as Development Partners

Tejada, G and Bolay, J.( eds.) Scientific Diasporas as Development Partners. Skilled Migrants from Colombia, India and South Africa in Switzerland: Empirical Evidence and Policy Responses. Peter Lang, Bern, 2010. ISBN: ISBN 978-3-0343-0391-0. Pages:  513.

Over the last two decades, globalisation has accelerated international migration flows, particularly of skilled labour. Yet increasing migration by skilled workers from developing countries ('brain drain') has raised serious concerns internationally about the adverse development impact on their countries of origin. This book, however, highlights the positive aspects of skilled labour migration as scientific diasporas are playing a growing role in the transfer of technology, skills and knowledge ('brain gain') to their home countries. In particular, it shows how to leverage the potential of scientific diasporas as agents of home country development, by identifying good practices and offering specific recommendations for the countries of origin and of destination.