ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Migration of Human Capital to United States

Though recent discussions on brain drain generally give the impression that migration of highly qualified Indians to the United States has abated since the mid-seventies, this impression may be based on a definitional sleight of hand: Human capital transfers through international migration have not necessarily receded just because there is a prima facie evidence of (a) a stabilisation of the total number of immigrants from India under the numerically 'limited'preference categories of the United States visa system and (b) a decline in the share of "principal9 immigrants as defined within the occupational preference categories of the US legislation. This paper argues that human capital has continued to arrive in the United States from India in many guises.

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