Reframing the Brain Drain

Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Vol. 17(5): pp. 560–79, 2014

18 Pages Posted: 10 May 2016 Last revised: 11 May 2016

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Alex Sager

Portland State University

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

Theorists concerned about the distributive effects of skilled emigration (‘brain drain’) often argue that its harmful effects can be justly mitigated by restricting emigration from sending countries or by limiting immigration opportunities to receiving countries. I raise moral and practical concerns against restricting the movement of skilled migrants and contend that conceptualizing the moral issue in these terms leads theorists to neglect the moral salience of institutions that determine the distributive effects of migration. Using an analogy to skilled migration in a domestic context, I argue for locating brain drain in a more holistic, institutional context that includes the reform of global institutions and of policies affecting migration.

Keywords: migration, brain drain, global justice, inequality

Suggested Citation

Sager, Alexander, Reframing the Brain Drain (2014). Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Vol. 17(5): pp. 560–79, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2777198

Alexander Sager (Contact Author)

Portland State University ( email )

PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207
United States

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