A migration industry for skilled migrants: the case of relocation services


  • Florian Tissot Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies (SFM), Université de Neuchâtel




Migration Industry, Highly-Skilled Migration, International Work, Meso-level


The aim of this article is to clarify the role of the organisations that support skilled migrants after a relocation, using the analytical concept of migration industry. The concept is used as a tool to explore the gap between the macro and the micro levels and by that stresses the crucial meso-level when it comes to conceptualizing (skilled) migration. I use 30 semi-directive interviews with skilled migrants and six interviews with key informants in the migration industry as a basis for the analysis, leading me to distinguish three main services at the heart of this industry. Each service is covered by distinct private actors: the basic needs of the family by relocation offices, the education of the children by international schools, and the careers of the partner by outplacement agencies.

Author Biography

Florian Tissot, Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies (SFM), Université de Neuchâtel

Florian Tissot is a Ph.D.-student at the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies, working on a dissertation on highly-skilled migration and family. He currently holds a scholarship from the Swiss National Science Foundation to complete his studies in Germany


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How to Cite

Tissot, F. (2018). A migration industry for skilled migrants: the case of relocation services. Migration Letters, 15(4), 545–559. https://doi.org/10.59670/ml.v15i4.4