Expatriation in the Age of Austerity: An Analysis of Capital Mobilization Strategies of Self-Initiated Expatriates

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Drawing on Bourdieu’s concept of capital this study deploys a relational perspective to examine capital mobilization strategies of skilled migrants from recession ravaged Western- and impoverished Eastern- European member states when navigating their way through structural constraints that affect their career choices. It is a multilevel approach that allows overcoming the individual (micro) emphasis in the self-initiated expatriation literature, organizational (meso) and contextual (macro) focus in the skilled migration studies. Based on qualitative research involving self-initiated expatriates from the European Union (EU) in Edinburgh the study extends our understanding beyond the narrow discourse of human capital and offers a more holistic picture of skilled migration in the age of austerity. The study also exposes that EU citizenship is not enough to undertake successful career mobility. Finally, it highlights the need of proactive and purposeful policies to retain the brain while not imposing any draconian on free movement of human capital.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImmigration and the Current Social, Political, and Economic Climate
Subtitle of host publicationBreakthroughs in Research and Practice
EditorsMehdi Khosrow-Pour
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781522569190
ISBN (Print)9781522569183, 1522569189
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes

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