Skilled migrants and related concepts such as integration and career outcomes have been and continue to be researched extensively in a variety of human resource and industrial relations journals. Using structured literature review, 148 papers on the subject were identified (published until March 2018). Analysing these papers, eight approached to study work experience of skilled migrants were identified, including (1) Human Capital Theory, (2) Career Capital Theory, (3)Bourdieu’s Theory of Practice and Forms of Capital, (4) Intersectionality and Gender Approach,(5) Social Identity approach and Similarity Effect, (6) Sense making Theory, (7) Cultural Identity Transition, (8) Career-centred Approach. Contribution and limitation of each approach is discussed. Overall, research on skilled migrants has proceeded without a clear theoretical orientation, adequate consideration of organizational, contextual and individual factors, and appropriate attention to quantitative methods.
SOURCE: Farashah, Ali. “The Career of Skilled Migrants: A Literature Review and Future Research Agenda.” DIVA, 4 January 2019.
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