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Migration MattersMobility in a Globalizing World$
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Gurucharan Gollerkeri and Natasha Chhabra

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199464807

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199464807.001.0001

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Taking India to the World

Taking India to the World

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(p.213) 14 Taking India to the World
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Migration Matters
Author(s):

Gurucharan Gollerkeri

Natasha Chhabra

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199464807.003.0014

India is an important country of origin. While the migration flows are small relative to its population, India’s emigration represents a composite mix of different skill levels, temporary and circular migration, significant student mobility, and the growing importance of the feminization of migration. While the bulk of the emigration is of low-skilled workers to the Gulf, the rise of the emigration of professionals of the knowledge economy from India outweighs the former. The overseas Indian community underlines the rise of transnationalism by which people participate in full measure in the economy and society of both the country of origin as also that of destination. Overseas Indians have demonstrated how mobility and migrant networks spur creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. India is in small but significant ways also emerging as a country of destination, thus underlining the fact that no country can remain only a country of origin or destination.

Keywords:   student mobility, overseas Indian workers, migration networks, feminization, professionals, overseas Indians, citizenship, recruitment agents

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