Trading places: French highly skilled migrants negotiating mobility and emplacement In London

Ryan, Louise and Mulholland, Jon (2013) Trading places: French highly skilled migrants negotiating mobility and emplacement In London. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 40 (4) . pp. 584-600. ISSN 1369-183X [Article] (doi:10.1080/1369183X.2013.787514)


This paper investigates the migratory strategies of highly skilled French migrants in London's business and financial sectors. Drawing on qualitative data with 37 participants from this under-researched group, we contribute to the growing interest in micro-level analysis of the motivations, experiences and trajectories of highly skilled migrants. Unlike other studies which either focus on Intra-Company Transfers (ICTs) or exclude them entirely, we capture the complexity and fluidity of migrants' trajectories by including people on expatriate contracts as well as spontaneous movers. In so doing, we interrogate several key dimensions of highly skilled migration. Firstly, we examine the varied expectations and motivations of the French highly skilled moving to London. In particular, we highlight the fluidity of career trajectories as migrants transform their contractual position over time. Secondly, we examine how migrants negotiate the balance between mobility and career and personal emplacement, and how family considerations inform that process. Finally, we consider the extent to which these migrants may be described as ‘Eurostars’ or ‘super-movers’, and question whether these ideal types herald new forms of migration or a particular life-stage.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Online ISSN: 1469-9451
Keywords (uncontrolled): Highly Skilled Migrants, French, London, Emplacement, Intra-EU Mobility
Research Areas: A. > School of Law
A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
A. > School of Law > Social Policy Research Centre
Item ID: 11366
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Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2013 16:00
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2017 15:21

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