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ERIC Number: ED526165
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 133
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-9384-3
Trends in Immigration of Selected High-Skilled Immigrants to the U.S. from 1997 to 2006
Zhou, Fan
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of South Dakota
One result of accelerating globalization is the competition for human capital. On one hand, nations are investing more and more in their educational systems to create their own human resources; on the other hand, these nations are struggling to effectively and efficiently utilize their existing human capital. Additionally, there is a massive wave of immigration to countries like the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, and Canada that have been attracting a lot of highly skilled immigrants from countries like China and India. It is noticeable that more and more Chinese students both from mainland China and Taiwan go back to their homelands after completing their overseas educations. Therefore, it is important to identify the factors associated with this wave of immigration. This research used correlation and regression analyses to identify the extent to which population ratios between the U.S and source countries, the ratio of purchasing power parity between the U.S. and the source countries, the ratio of growth rate between the U.S. and the source countries, the ratio of the GDP per capita between the U.S. and the source countries, the dominant language, as well as the form of government of each selected country are associated with global immigration. Furthermore, this research examined how they simultaneously interact with the immigration number. Results of statistical research produced the following conclusions. The population, the purchasing power parity, the GDP per capita, the dominant language, and the form of government are significantly associated with immigration decision, and, subsequently, are accurate predictors for citizens' intention to immigrate. Recommendations for practices include advice for policy makers, educators, and business officers. The recommendation for research include research with both quantitative and qualitative methods, further study on economic elements such as economic freedom index, Gini Coefficients, and cultural factors such as collectivism vs. individualism, the intention of uncertainty avoidance, and long-term orientation. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; China; India; New Zealand; Taiwan; United States