Migration, Scientific Diasporas and Development in India

Development impact of Indian skilled migration

Taking the example of Indian skilled migration, the project: « Migration, scientific diasporas and development: impact of skilled return migration on development in India » offers an evidence-based analysis that shows the effects that both return and diaspora transnationalism have on home country development and identifies main factors influencing the deployment of foreign earned knowledge and skills in the Indian context.


The study draws on data collected simultaneously in the host and home countries in 2011-12. One part of the research observed skilled Indians in four European destination countries (France, Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland). The other part examined returnees in six major Indian cities (Delhi-National Capital Region, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai and Pune).
The project was carried out by CODEV in collaboration with the International Labour Office (ILO), the Institute of Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK) and the International Migration and Diaspora Studies (IMDS) Project of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The project was funded by the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) and it ran between 2011 and 2013.
Contact: gabriela.tejada@epfl.ch, Project Leader

Look at the partners talking about the project here: https://youtu.be/KSPuRlzhSyA


« Incorporation of skilled migrants in a host country: insights from the study of skilled Indians in Switzerland« , IMDS Working Paper No. 58, pp. 1-15, (JNU, New Delhi), 2014.

« Indian skilled migration and development: to Europe and back« , Tejada, G. Bhattacharya, U., Khadria, B. and Kuptsch, Ch. (eds.) (New Delhi: Springer), 2014.

« Development and highly skilled migrants: Perspectives from the Indian diaspora and returnees« , Siddiqui, Z., and Tejada, G., International Development Policy Journal, 6.1. 2014. 

« The link with a home country: A comparative analysis of host country environments for diaspora engagement« , Tejada, G, Hercog. M., Kuptsch, Ch., « Global Diasporas and Development: Socio-economic, Cultural, and Policy Perspectives »; Sadananda Sahoo and B.K. Pattanaik (eds.); (Springer: New Delhi), 2014; pp. 39-68

« Migration, scientific diasporas and development: Impact of skilled return migration on development in India« , Final Research Report, Cahier de la Coop no. 8, (Lausanne: CODEV-EPFL), Dec. 2013.

Final round tables

Delhi Round Table, 4 February, 2013 at JNU Campus

Geneva Round Table, 1 March 2013 at ILO Headquarters