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 publicationHandbook of Research on Human Resources Strategies for the New Millennial Workforce
EditorsPatricia Ordoñez de Pablos, Robert D. Tennyson
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781522509493
ISBN (Print)9781522509486, 1522509488
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in Human Resources Management and Organizational Development
PublisherIGI Global
ISSN (Print)2327-3372
ISSN (Electronic)2327-3380

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