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Immigration’s Role in the Competition for Highly-Skilled Personnel in the World (Special Issue, No.41, 2019)


By Zhou Lingling, Research Department of Public Management and Human Resources, DRC

Research Report, Special Issue, No.41, 2019 (Total 1669) 2019-6-28

Abstract: The total number of international immigrants, especially a large number of young immigrants, is gradually increasing, and they mainly move to high-income economies. Due to wars and conflicts and other negative factors, international immigrants such as refugees and asylum seekers are mainly concentrated in developing countries and less-developed regions while skilled personnel mostly migrate to the world’s high-income economies. As a result, the majority of mid-to-low-income economies often witness intellectual outflows and the induced negative impact, and the construction of skilled personnel including the pooling of international talents remains a tough job. With a limited competitiveness for drawing skilled personnel, the proportion of international students in most of the newly-emerged economies is not high, and there is much room for improvement of their education with a world vision. The number of Chinese students studying abroad grows rapidly, making China the world’s largest source of international students and overseas migrants. However, the number of international immigrants to work, live or study in China is still limited, the foreign experts in China mainly take a short-term job, and they work in different industries and regions with an uneven balance. Based on the above-mentioned illustration, this paper puts forward a strategy from six aspects for absorbing international talents in the new era.

Key words: international immigrants, flow distribution, talent competition, talent strategy.