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Highly skilled IT migrant workers

Migration A–Z


  1. Ben A. Rissing

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm268

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Rissing, B. A. 2013. Highly skilled IT migrant workers. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013


Each year, hundreds of thousands of highly skilled information and technology (IT) workers cross national boundaries for work opportunities. These skilled foreign workers, typically sponsored on employer-initiated work visa programs, are employed in a variety of telecommunication, professional-service, and computer-related occupations. Moreover, these immigrants work in positions requiring creative thinking and technical knowledge, but also in jobs involving basic and routine tasks. As highly educated workers with specialized skills, this group's movement has important economic and developmental implications for both destination and source countries.


  • capitalism;
  • class;
  • development;
  • political economy;
  • sustainable development;
  • regional development