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High-skilled migration and mental health: Challenges and solutions 

High-skilled migration and mental health: Challenges and solutions
High-skilled migration and mental health: Challenges and solutions

Antonio Ventriglio

, Susham Gupta

, and Cameron Watson

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date: 18 May 2021

High-skilled migrants are more likely to migrate for professional or educational reasons. There is a difference between the high-skilled migrants and labour in that the former may well be responding to pull factors, whereas the latter may be responding to push factors related to migration. These migrants are also more likely to belong to permanent migration category. High-skilled migrants are those with a university degree or extensive/equivalent experience in a chosen field. They are largely likely to migrate from low- to middle-income countries to high-income countries. The immigration rates show that these migrants are likely to be self-selected; have skills that are in demand and globally transferable. In the post-migration phase they may experience mental ill health, especially if they do not feel valued; feel overqualified for the jobs they are doing; and if they experience a discrepancy between aspirations and achievement. Their clinical needs may well differ from those of migrant labour.

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