IAS Speaker Series: Professor Wei Li

"Comparing highly-skilled migration in China and India: returnee recruitment policies, consequences, and reasoning"

Despite the continuous asymmetrical power relations between Global North and South, the “global race for talent” is no longer a privilege enjoyed only by developed countries in Global North. The return migration of highly-skilled migrants, especially from Global North to Global South, has drawn growing interest. Amid these recent studies and reports, however, systematic analyses on the backgrounds and contexts behind, contents of, and outcomes stemming from these policy incentives, remain to be inadequate. We comparatively analyze the policies issued/implemented by Indian and Chinese government and institutions through policy content analysis: to start with presenting background information of India and China while examining their respective emigration policy change overtime. We then analyze a set of policy incentive pairs in both countries regarding their context, content, and outcomes, followed by contrasting differential policies between the two countries and exploring the reasoning behind such differences; and ending with policy implications and suggestions.

Professor Wei Li received her Ph.D. in geography at the University of Southern California, USA in 1997. She teaches in Asian Pacific American Studies, the School of Social Transformation the and School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. Her foci of research are urban ethnicity and ethnic geography, highly-skilled international migration and transnational connections, financial sector and minority community development, focusing on the Chinese and other Asian groups in the Pacific Rim. She coined the term “ethnoburb” to describe a new form of contemporary suburban Asian settlements.