Highly Skilled and Business Migrants: Information Processes and Settlement Outcomes
Article first published online: 4 JUL 2003
Volume 41, Issue 2, pages 59–79, July 2003
How to Cite
Benson-Rea, M. and Rawlinson, S. (2003), Highly Skilled and Business Migrants: Information Processes and Settlement Outcomes. International Migration, 41: 59–79. doi: 10.1111/1468-2435.00235
- Issue published online: 4 JUL 2003
- Article first published online: 4 JUL 2003
This paper reports on a research programme that has investigated the migration experiences of highly skilled professional and business migrants to New Zealand. Over a four-year period, five separate studies have been conducted on the stages in the process of migration. The paper sets out a model of the stages of the migration process and the data and analysis which it has guided. Of particular interest are the information sources available to potential migrants and employers, the cultural sensitivity of settlement processes and the migrants' subsequent ease of access to the labour market. The paper analyses information flows available to migrants at crucial phases in the migration process based on a stages model of the migration process. The model indicates some of the critical steps, interactions, and decisions in the migration process from the individual's point of view. Crucial information gaps are identified and implications are drawn for actors involved at the different stages.