This chapter provides an overview of policy and trends that have shaped the nature and character of migration and more particularly skilled migration and its place in the dynamics of global mobility. I explore some of the theoretical underpinnings of the framing of skilled migration as well as some of the counter tendencies that have produced a backlash against the movement of foreign workers globally. I use some international case studies to illustrate the complexities of the role of the state in policy formation relating to skilled migration. I identify a contradiction between the state's role in mediating and brokering an influx of migrants and skilled workers and its role in sustaining a discourse of national unity. I also discuss the implications for corporations the new paradigm of skilled migration and its associated politics. I conclude with advice to corporations on how to negotiate a global market, suggesting that an informed and holistic approach to interpreting globalisation and settlement is essential in sourcing global talent.
|Title of host publication||Workforce Development|
|Subtitle of host publication||Strategies and Practices|
|Editors||Tom Short, Roger Harris|
|Place of Publication||Singapore|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jul 2014|