Gendered Highly Skilled Migration in the Knowledge Sector

Raghuram, Parvati and Sondhi, Gunjan (2020). Gendered Highly Skilled Migration in the Knowledge Sector. In: Huang, Shirlena and Ruwanpura, Kanchana N. eds. Handbook of Gender in Asia. International Handbooks on Gender. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 253–274.



Highly skilled women form a large part of skilled migrant flows within, from and to Asia, although they have little place in the imaginaries of Asian gendered migration. This chapter focuses on the mutually constitutive relationship between gender and skilled migration. It first reviews the key feminist contributions to theorising skilled migration. Second, it outlines how gender, skills and migration play out in skilled migration regimes. Lastly, it sets out a future research agenda for gendered skilled migration research that is sensitive to the geographies in which gender analysis of skilled migrants is conducted, and the need to extend research beyond a heteronormative and patriarchal matrix.

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