By Dr Parvati Raghuram
The author is a Lecturer in Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Most research on female migrant employment concentrates on two female dominated sectors: domestic work (cleaning and care) and the sex industry. The presence of skilled women in migratory streams is often ignored. This paper presents some research on skilled migrant women and suggests that as with less skilled migrants, their movements too are shaped by family relations and social networks.
The mobility of skilled labour has been part of transnational migratory movements since the 1960s. At that time skilled flows were primarily analysed in terms of brain drain, initially between First World countries and then from Third World countries to those in the First World. Although much of the literature saw the US as the beneficiary of brain drain migration it is clear that a number of those who moved to Europe during the major phase of labour migration were...