Intellectual Migration: The China-Canada-US dynamics


Project Summary:

With a case study showcasing China, Canada and the United States, this internationally-based, comparative project on intellectual migration aims to understand the dynamics underlying global knowledge and human capital flows and the significant role of Canada as a nexus in these flows. Arguing that migration is a means to upgrade and/or utilize intellectual capital for career advancement, this project studies, for the first time, a cross-section of domestic university students in China, China-born international graduate students and faculty in Canada and the United States, and overseas-trained China-born faculty and professional working in China’s knowledge and technology sectors, whose mobility can be facilitated or constrained by individual, institutional and structural factors. It explores who among the highly educated China-born population are likely to migrate, why they migrate, where they migrate to, and specifically, to what extent country-specific migrant attraction, retention, and/or recruitment policies affect their migration, and what policies Canada can pursue to enhance its competitiveness in the global race for talents.

Project Description:

Project Type:
Funded

Project Role:
PI

Country 1:
Canada

Country 2:

Country 3:
United States

Country 4:

Month
Year
Start Date:
Apr
2017
End Date:
Mar
2022

Funder:
SSHRC

Year Project Started:
2017

Collaborator:
Wei Li

Collaborator Institution:
Arizona State University

Collaborator Role:

Funder
Amount
(e.g type 1000 for 1,000)
1
SSHRC
185558
2
NSF
149999
3
4
5
6