STEM Migrants: Their Role in Research and Innovation
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STEM Migrants: Their Role in Research and Innovation

The TKC team has recently participated in the roundtable “STEM Migrants: Their Role in Research and Innovation“, at the Tripple Helix Conference 2018, in Manchester (5-8 September).

Highly skilled workers play a central role in both today’s knowledge economy and cross-country labour mobility. The number of international migrants with a tertiary degree has more than doubled from 1990 to 2010, with a percentage increase triple that of low-skill migrants. This migration contributes to knowledge creation in destination countries, as well as to knowledge diffusion worldwide. This is especially true in consideration of the rising importance of short-term and circular migration, fuelled by several migrants’ categories such as students, faculty at universities or executives of multinational enterprises. Amongst these, STEM migrants (those with degrees or jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) are among the most mobile, and directly contribute to innovation in destination countries, and possibly to knowledge transfer to their countries of origin.

Among the roundtable participants participants, Max Nathan (University of Birmingham) reviewed the relationship between skilled migration and innovation, with a focus of urban economics. Cornelia Lawson (University of Bath) presented their recent work on academic of foreign origin and their different engagement with local or foreign actors, with respect to natives. Shiri M. Breznitz (University of Toronto), presented results of a recent paper discussing student migration and academic entrepreneurship. Finally, Ernest Miguelez (CNRS-University of Bordeux), PI of the TKC project, presented some of the project results of STEM workers’ migration, diffusion of knowledge, and the intrnationalization of capital flows.