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Mobilities of the Highly Skilled towards Switzerland

The Role of Intermediaries in Defining “Wanted Immigrants”

Authors: Sandoz, Laure

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  • This open access book analyses how state and economic actors collaborate in the process of attracting highly skilled immigrants
  • Shows the important role of economic actors in migration management
  • Highlights the filters through which migrants have to pass in order to be considered highly skilled
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This open access book analyses the strategies of migration intermediaries from the public and private sectors in Switzerland to select, attract, and retain highly skilled migrants who represent value to them. It reveals how state and economic actors define “wanted immigrants” and provide them with privileged access to the Swiss territory and labour market. The analysis draws on an ethnographic study conducted in the French-speaking Lake Geneva area and the German-speaking northwestern region of Switzerland between 2014 and 2018. It shows how institutional actors influence which resources are available to different groups of newcomers by defining and dividing migrants according to constructed social categories that correlate with specific status and privileges. This research thus shifts the focus from an approach that takes the category of highly skilled migrant for granted to one that regards context as crucial for structuring migrants’ characteristics, trajectories, and experiences. Beyond consideration of professional qualifications, the ways decision-makers perceive candidates and shape their resource environments are crucial for constructing them as skilled or unskilled, wanted or unwanted, welcome or unwelcome.

About the authors

Laure Sandoz currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology, University of Basel and at the Institute of Geography, University of Neuchâtel. She is part of the NCCR On the Move, an interdisciplinary project financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation, which aims to enhance the understanding of contemporary migration patterns. She contributes to two research projects on the management of highly skilled migration towards Switzerland and on the spatial mobility capital of entrepreneurs in Europe and Latin America. She obtained her PhD from the University of Basel in May 2018 and won the MPDI/GRACE Engagement Award for her innovative research, initiatives and activities in social engagement in line with regional development in the Basel area.

She studied anthropology, psychology and migration studies in Switzerland (University of Neuchâtel) and Germany (Freie Universität Berlin). As part of her Master in social sciences, she specialized in development studies and conducted an ethnographic field-research on the local re-appropriations of an agroforestry project in tropical Bolivia. Parallel to her studies, Laure Sandoz worked as a secretary and administrative coordinator at the Centre for Migration Law, a collaboration between researchers in law and social sciences from the Universities of Neuchâtel, Bern and Fribourg.

Before her studies, Laure Sandoz lived during eight months in Ecuador, where she volunteered in several projects. As a main mission, she taught English during six months in a Kichwa village of the Amazon region.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-52

    Sandoz, Laure

  • Selecting Foreigners for the Labour Market

    Pages 53-93

    Sandoz, Laure

  • Creating Attractive Places

    Pages 95-133

    Sandoz, Laure

  • Displacing Workers Between Companies

    Pages 135-186

    Sandoz, Laure

  • Unequal Access to Support and Privileges

    Pages 187-236

    Sandoz, Laure

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-21122-6
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover 51,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-21121-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mobilities of the Highly Skilled towards Switzerland
Book Subtitle
The Role of Intermediaries in Defining “Wanted Immigrants”
Authors
Series Title
IMISCOE Research Series
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-21122-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-21122-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-21121-9
Series ISSN
2364-4087
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 244
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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