Knowledge Migrants

The motivation and experience of professionals in the UK on work permits

Pearson R, Morrell J |  URN 02/1291 | European Commission | Oct 2002

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The Department of Trade and Industry and Home Office commissioned NOP Business and IES to explore the push and pull factors that affect the decision of skilled individuals to migrate to the UK.

The study surveyed non-UK nationals from outside the European Economic Area who were recent arrivals in the UK, and working in four occupational categories that are part of global markets:

  • Information technology
  • Electronics and communications (ITEC)
  • Biotech, Financial Services
  • Hospital Consultants.

The study included a literature survey, a qualitative stage of face-to-face interviews, and a quantitative stage of telephone interviews.

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