From their lens: Skilled migrants on the impacts of international skilled migration on home-countries

Dawnie Tagala

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There is an already established knowledge on the impacts of migration from an
economic, financial and national development standpoint. Despite the current
abundance of discourse on the topic, there is a source of information that remains relatively untapped—the migrants themselves. With the expertise and knowledge about the experience of migration, migrants become good sources of information and perspectives that can contribute to the existing body of knowledge.

This paper explores the understandings of Filipino migrant educators on the impacts that high- skilled international migration has on the individuals, families, local and national communities in the home-country, as well as on the wider global community. Data was collected through semi-structured, open-ended interviews with three Filipino migrant educators in Darwin, Australia. A thematic analysis was used to identify two things: (1) the impacts of migration on the home-country that Filipino migrant educators know about, and (2) the similarities and differences between the impacts of migration identified in literature and those identified by the migrants.

Key findings indicate that the migrants are familiar with some of the impacts of migration on the home-country as in existing literature. The data further reveals that the migrants also recognise other areas affected by migration that are not outlined in the literature reviewed in the study. There are aspects wherein the literature and the migrant educator stories have some similarities and differences. This indicates that while there are some alignments between the two sources, there is still a gap in what is already known about the topic and that further investigations are needed to provide a full representation of the impacts of migration on home-countries. Given that international migration is a global phenomenon, this paper can provide a window to further understand how both home-countries and host-countries can create responsible and conscientious migration policies that may maximise the benefits to both parties.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherInstitute for Adult Learning
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9789810983550
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Researching Work and Learning (RWL 2015 9th) - Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 9 Dec 201511 Dec 2015
Conference number: 2015 (9th)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Researching Work and Learning (RWL 2015 9th)
Abbreviated titleRWL


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