German Professionals in the United States: A Gendered Analysis of the Migration Decision of Highly Skilled Families

German Professionals in the United States: A Gendered Analysis of the Migration Decision of Highly Skilled Families
Astrid Eich-Krohm
June 2012

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-451-3 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / vii, 226 pages

Price   $70.00

Description

Eich-Krohm examines the stay/return decision of highly skilled migrants in the context of globalization and brain drain vs. brain circulation. Economic reasons are considered the main factor for professionals to move with limited influence by the spouses, the tied migrants. The analysis of qualitative interviews with 38 German families who moved temporary to the United States show that the interests of the spouse, cultural curiosity about a global world, and the work itself are equally important to economic gains. Women’s progress in education and paid work, have changed the role of the tied migrant and its influence on the settlement or return decision.

About the Author

Astrid Eich-Krohm is an assistant professor of sociology at Southern State University. Her research and teaching interests are international migration with a special interest in highly skilled migration, gender, medical sociology, and qualitative research methods.