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Skilled migrant decision making under uncertainty

The global race for talent has resulted in a dramatic rise in the flows of highly skilled migrants and international students, who have become highly coveted by countries around the world. But what drives the decision to move to a new country? Could periods of uncertainty and risk, such as the global COVID-19 pandemic, affect their decision to migrate?

This study seeks to better understand the decision-making process of English-speaking and French-speaking highly skilled migrants and international students to migrate to Canada. Migration decisions are complex, and often involve multiple steps, conflicting goals, and uncertain outcomes. Understanding migration decisions, especially during a global pandemic, is fundamental to those in a host country seeking to attract migrants. Our study will be of interest to policymakers, settlement service providers, employers, and other stakeholders working with English-speaking and French-speaking migrants, who seek to understand the drivers behind the highly skilled migrant’s aspiration to migrate to Canada.


For information about this research project contact Ashika Niraula at (opens in new window)