Research Program: Global Skill Flow

The Global Skill Flow research program is envisioned as a comprehensive initiative aimed at understanding, facilitating, and optimizing the international mobility of skilled labor across various sectors and regions. This program is designed to address the complex dynamics of global skill migration, focusing on the intersection of education, employment, and migration policies, and their impact on both sending and receiving countries. It aims to generate insights that can inform policy-making, support the development of more coherent strategies for skill development and mobility, and enhance the benefits of global talent circulation for individuals, economies, and societies at large.


  1. Mapping Global Skill Flows: To create a detailed mapping of current global skill flows by sector, identifying major sending and receiving countries, and the factors driving these movements.
  2. Policy and Regulatory Frameworks: To examine the impact of national and international policies on skill mobility, including visa regimes, mutual recognition agreements, and labor market regulations.
  3. Economic and Social Outcomes: To analyze the economic and social outcomes of skill mobility for individuals, as well as for sending and receiving countries, focusing on wage differentials, employment rates, and integration challenges.
  4. Skill Gaps and Needs Forecasting: To forecast future global skill needs and gaps, leveraging data analytics and modeling techniques to inform educational institutions and policymakers.
  5. Best Practices and Innovative Models: To identify and disseminate best practices and innovative models for managing and supporting skilled migration, including integration programs, remote and flexible work arrangements, and public-private partnerships.

Key Components:

  • Research and Data Collection: Leveraging quantitative and qualitative research methods to gather data on skill flows, policy impacts, and case studies of successful skill mobility initiatives.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Involving a wide range of stakeholders including governments, educational institutions, employers, and migrant organizations in a dialogue to understand diverse perspectives and needs.
  • Capacity Building and Education: Developing resources and programs to build capacity among stakeholders for better managing skill mobility, and to enhance the skills of potential migrants.
  • Policy Analysis and Recommendations: Offering evidence-based policy analysis and recommendations to streamline skill mobility, address barriers, and capitalize on opportunities presented by global talent flows.
  • Dissemination and Advocacy: Actively disseminating research findings and advocating for policies that facilitate beneficial skill mobility, through workshops, conferences, publications, and online platforms.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Comprehensive datasets and analyses of global skill flows, accessible to researchers, policymakers, and the public.
  • A set of actionable policy recommendations to enhance the benefits of skilled migration for all involved parties.
  • Increased collaboration and understanding among stakeholders in the skill mobility ecosystem.
  • Innovative solutions and best practices for managing skill flows, supporting migrant integration, and addressing skill mismatches.
  • Strengthened capacity of countries and institutions to adapt to and benefit from global skill mobility trends.

By focusing on these objectives and components, the Global Skill Flow research program aims to contribute significantly to the optimization of global talent distribution, enhancing economic development, and fostering more inclusive and sustainable growth worldwide.