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Harnessing Untapped Development Potential in the Asia-Pacific Island Region through the Mobility of Skilled Indian Workers

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Author(s): Binod Khadria

Journal: International Journal of Multicultural Societies
ISSN 1817-4574

Volume: 9;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 205;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: Asia Pacific region | skilled migration | skilled Indian workers | labour migration | Asia migration

ABSTRACT
Looking at the prospective migration of skilled Indian workers fordevelopment in the small island economies of the Asia-Pacific region,what is perhaps required is a microscopic perspective, not atelescopic one. The marginalised island economies call for a more indepth exploration of the future possibilities towards derivingsustainable gains from skilled Indian movements in the region. Suchan analysis could be based on an entirely novel premise of a proactive “migration for third-country development”. By providing a large supply of skilled professionals in the island economies of the Pacific, India can help raise the quality of education at all levels and improve access to basic educational and training facilities. Similarly, Pacific island countries might benefit from improved access to basic health facilities in remote rural communities, strengthened public health education, and improved access to safe water systems. These benefits would tend to improve the average productivity of labour in the Pacific in a cost-effective fashion. The movement of skilled Indian workers could create a win-win situation that also promotes regional cooperation. This paper provides a status report upon achieving such an objective.
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