How to reverse the Italian brain drain: a master class from Australia

Breda, Vito (2014) How to reverse the Italian brain drain: a master class from Australia. International Migration, 52 (4). pp. 64-77. ISSN 0020-7985


This article discusses the limits of Italian immigration policies and their effects on the Italian market of highly skilled individuals. Italian statutory provisions aimed at regulating immigration focus on limiting immigration without a reasoned distinction being made between skilled and unskilled immigrants. The first part of the article argues that a combination of historical and sociological factors makes Italy uncompetitive in the global market of highly skilled individuals. The second part suggests two pilot schemes for policies that might help in addressing the issue. First, the introduction of a medium-/long-term visa for highly skilled individuals, and second, the establishment of private multinational universities modelled on the European Institute (EI) in Florence. These new institutions would open up the academic job market to overseas researchers and, at the same time, would provide a more solid base for the retrieval of Italian academics working abroad.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 IOM. Author retains copyright. Published online: 20 Nov 2013. Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2014 04:01
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2018 03:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: immigration; Italy; brain drain; skilled migration
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1603 Demography > 160399 Demography not elsewhere classified
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180106 Comparative Law
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180103 Administrative Law
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9101 Macroeconomics > 910102 Demography
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/imig.12142

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