FEUTURE Online Paper No. 21: “Highly Skilled Migration between the EU and Turkey: Drivers and Scenarios”, Elena Sánchez-Montijano, Ayhan Kaya, Melike Janine Sökmen

Attracting and retaining highly skilled migrants has become a priority for countries looking to address labour shortages and to strengthen their positions as knowledge-based economies. In this framework the EU and Turkey have, in recent years, been introducing policies aimed at facilitating the arrival of highly skilled migrants. Based on the recognition that migration/mobility is a bi-directional issue, this paper analyses the movement of Turkish highly skilled migrants to the EU and of European highly skilled migrants to Turkey. It focuses on the drivers that affect the mobility of such migrants.


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