Breakfast Briefings

What do highly skilled French migrants in London teach us about European talent migration?

Breakfast Briefings / Friday 8 February 2013

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Drawing on qualitative data from an ESRC-funded project, this presentation will explore the nature and dynamics of intra-EU talent migration through a particular focus on the French highly-skilled working in London's financial and business sectors. Specifically, it will explore French accounts of London as a place of opportunity, where talent is both recognised and rewarded, in some contradistinction to Paris and France. It will examine French accounts of the different and more meritocratic ways in which talent is calibrated in London, and of the underlying characteristics of London that make this recognition and reward of talent possible.

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Speakers: Jon Mulholland, Dept. of Criminology and Sociology, and Louise Ryan, Social Policy Research Centre, Middlesex University