Successful collaboration begins with a shared language, hence the need for a glossary. This joint effort of contributors from several teams ensures, on the one hand, terminological and conceptual coherence across not only our theoretical approaches, but also the qualitative case studies and quantitative research conducted in OPPORTUNITIES. On the other hand, our glossary facilitates communication between the academic side of the project and the fieldwork conducted by NGOs, uniting our teams working from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Mauritania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania and Senegal.

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Highly skilled migrants are skilled workers who are permanent or long-term emigrants with a profession acquired through high-level education and/or experience. While skilled migrant workers often receive preferential treatment with regard to entry and residence in the host state (e.g., reduced requirements for change of occupation, family reunification, and length of stay), their act of migration is often detrimental to the economic and social development of the country of origin. By extension, the term also refers to student mobility or movement of the highly educated.

⇢ see also: Brain drain, Labor migration, MigrantMobility

References and further reading:

Tandian, Aly, and Serigne Mansour Tall. 2010. “La migration des personnes hautement qualifiées depuis et vers le Sénégal: historicité, actualité et perspectives [Technical Report, Migration Policy Centre].” In CARIM Analytic and Synthetic Notes 2010/22. URL:

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