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Migration between the Nordic countries: What do register data tell us about the knowledge flows?

The report gives detailed annual statistics of Nordic migration between Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden for the period 1988-1998. Some data for Iceland and the Faroe Islands are also included. National register data combining information on individual migration events of persons make up the bulk of the data. The report deals extensively with migration rates, returning rates and staying rates. These are then broken down over a number of personal indicators (age, education etc.) and activity indicators (employment, economic sector etc.). Challenges in dealing with different national data sources are discussed in detail. These statistics are of interest because migration between the Nordic countries also implies diffusion of knowledge, either as brain drain or as circulation of knowledge. Increased international labour mobility will increase the importance of understanding these mechanisms. Data on education for migrants are not readily available and this currently hampers a full understanding. These first comprehensive detailed statistics of the flow of human capital between the Nordic countries are the output of a Nordic project which is also dealing with the human capital aspect of job-to-job mobility in the Nordic countries and researcher mobility in particular. The project is jointly undertaken by STEP, The Danish Institute for Studies in Research and Research Policy, Statistics Finland, Statistics Iceland, and Vinnova.

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Paper provided by The STEP Group, Studies in technology, innovation and economic policy in its series STEP Report series with number 200310.

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  1. Anders Ekeland & et al., "undated". "Mobility from the research sector in the Nordic countries," STEP Report series 200312, The STEP Group, Studies in technology, innovation and economic policy.
  2. Ómar Harðarson, "undated". "Some methodological issues using labour force survey data for mobility research," STEP Report series 200314, The STEP Group, Studies in technology, innovation and economic policy.
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