Highly Skilled or Highly Wanted Migrants? Conceptualizations, Policy Designs and Implementations of High-skilled Migration Policies


  • Metka Hercog University of Basel, Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology
  • Laure Sandoz University of Basel, Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology




high skilled, migration, immigration policies, selective migration


This special issue offers an opportunity to delve into the construction of migrant categories through policy design and policy implementation. It proposes to widen the focus beyond immigration authorities in order to include actors that are in one or another way involved in the process of selecting, supporting or employing highly skilled workers and therefore also contributing to their definition. The aim of the special issue is to bring to the surface the indistinct objectives of immigration policies, and to analyse the interplay between policies, discourses and practices. More precisely, we discuss the argument that the definition of highly skilled migrants depends more on how potential migrants are viewed by interest groups than on migrants’ characteristics.


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How to Cite

Hercog, M., & Sandoz, L. (2018). Highly Skilled or Highly Wanted Migrants? Conceptualizations, Policy Designs and Implementations of High-skilled Migration Policies. Migration Letters, 15(4), 453–460. https://doi.org/10.59670/ml.v15i4.534