2015 Fall Meeting on Highly Skilled Migration

Friday 16 October 2015

Location: Venue CREA Roeterseiland, Amsterdam

Scholars from various disciplines at Dutch academic institutions have displayed an interest in the topic of highly skilled migration. During this seminar, questions will be posed as to why European and national policy with regard to highly skilled migration is set up the way it is, whether there is room for policy improvement, and, if so, how this could be achieved. Which patterns of highly skilled migration can be identified? Which incentives can regions implement to attract highly skilled migrants? What do we know about the interaction between highly skilled migrants and the social structures within their companies, cities, regions or nations?

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Chair: Dr. Bas Schotel (UvA)

10:00 Doors open
10:15 Opening David van Traa, Amsterdam ExpatCentre
10:20 – 12:00

Three recently completed research projects on highly skilled migration: (20 minutes per presentation + q&a)

Dr. Pascal Beckers (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Dr. Arjan Heyma (SEO)

Dr. Marianne van Bochove (EUR) Beyond Cosmopolitanism and Expat Bubbles: Challenging Dominant Representations of Highly Skilled Migrants

Coffee break

12:00 – 13:00

Paulina Bury-Kosc (Maastricht University) 

Cooperation and competition among EU member states. The case of highly skilled migration policy.

Discussant: Dr. Djamila van der Schans (WODC)

13:00-13:45 Lunch 
13:45 – 14:45

Alexandra David (UTwente) 

Human Capital – The Role of Highly Skilled Migration for a Sustainable Regional Economy

Discussant: Dr. Jeroen Doomernik (UvA)

14:45 – 15:45

Giorgio Touburg (EUR, phd) 

Soft Skills, Tacit Ties: Exploring the Role of Non-geographical Proximities in International Knowledge Transfer

Discussant: Dr. Pascal Beckers

Tea break
16:00 – 16:45  Key note: Dr. Marion Panizzon (University of Bern, Switzerland)
16:45 - 17:00  Closing remarks by organizer Dr. Tesseltje de Lange
17:00  Drinks