Brain circulation or precarious labour? Conceptualising temporariness in the UK’s National Health Service

Raghuram, Parvati (2014). Brain circulation or precarious labour? Conceptualising temporariness in the UK’s National Health Service. In: Vosko, Leah F.; Preston, Valerie and Latham, Robert eds. Liberating Temporariness?: Migration, Work and Citizenship in an Age of Insecurity. Montreal, Quebec: McGill-Queen's University Press, pp. 177–200.

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Abstract

Possession of skills alters the experience and implications of temporariness among migrants. While temporariness is associated with precarity for lesser skilled workers, the idea of precariousness is less readily applied to skilled workers. Rather, as the mobility of skilled workers is treated preferentially within contemporary society, these workers come to be associated with privileged exemptions, rather than exclusion. As a result, temporariness among skilled migrants is often redeemed through notions such as "brain circulation," which are seen as beneficial to both the migrants and to the societies through which they circulate.

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