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This latest IMI working paper examines how international high-skilled migration is conceptualised to allow more meaningful measurement and comparison of skilled migration.

High-skilled migration has received increasing attention in recent years, but its definition remains a complex issue. The resulting ambiguity hinders the measurement of human capital, hinders comparisons of international mobility and undermines the evaluation of immigration policies.

In this paper, Chris Parsons, Sebastien Rojon, Farhan Samanani and Lena Wettach examine three conceptualisations of high-skilled migration and identify three major discordances that are discussed in detail, before making recommendations to remedy each of them.