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Highly Skilled Labour and International Mobility in South America


  • Rodolfo Barrere
  • Lucas Luchilo
  • Julio Raffo


This paper presents the main trends in respect of the supply of human resources in science and technology (HRST) in Latin America and the international mobility of its highly skilled labour. This will be done through the identification of potential data sources, followed by a presentation of indicators drawn from these sources. In addition, a short section is devoted to the main policy aspects surrounding these issues.The section on policy issues will show that the main South American countries have in common a lack of strong or efficient policies for the migration of highly skilled human resources, although in recent years important changes have occurred in some of the countries of the region.Available information sources on highly skilled labour and international mobility in South American countries are similar to those from OECD countries as far as the main types of collected data is concerned. Potential sources are labour force surveys, population ... Ce document présente les principales tendances de l’offre de ressources humaines en science et technologie (RHST) en Amérique latine ainsi que la mobilité internationale de la main-d’œuvre hautement qualifiée de cette région. Nous commençons par répertorier les sources de données possibles, puis nous présentons des indicateurs tirés de ces sources. En outre, nous consacrons une courte section aux principales questions de fond qui s’inscrivent dans cette problématique.La section relative aux questions de fond montre que les principaux pays d’Amérique du Sud ont ceci en commun de ne pas avoir instauré de politique vigoureuse ou efficace en matière de migrations de ressources humaines hautement qualifiées bien que, ces dernières années, d’importants changements soient intervenus dans quelques pays de la région.Concernant la main-d’œuvre hautement qualifiée et la mobilité internationale de ces travailleurs, les sources d’information disponibles dans les pays d’Amérique ...

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  • Rodolfo Barrere & Lucas Luchilo & Julio Raffo, 2004. "Highly Skilled Labour and International Mobility in South America," OECD Science, Technology and Industry Working Papers 2004/10, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:stiaaa:2004/10-en
    DOI: 10.1787/570061570356

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    1. Hercog, Metka & Siegel, Melissa, 2011. "Promoting return and circular migration of the highly skilled," MERIT Working Papers 2011-015, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).

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