Return Migration and Transnationalism: Evidence from Highly Skilled Academic Migration

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Based on a study of U.S. public university employees from Brazil, Russia, India, and China (BRIC), this article explores transnational practices among highly skilled migrants. Although our interviewees reported considering returning to their home countries or participating in onward migration to other nations, they prefer engagement in transnational practices on the professional and personal levels to long-term return. As we highlight the factors that influence their decision making about return and engagement in transnationalism, our findings suggest that the wide array of transnational activities by the highly skilled needs to be studied as an important complement to the focus on return migration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-255
Number of pages13
JournalPapers in Applied Geography
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2018


  • BRIC migration
  • United States
  • highly skilled migration
  • return migration
  • transnationalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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