Migrants' identity orientations: the missing link in predicting the integration outcomes of international skilled migrants

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Description

Migration is one of the grand societal challenges of our time, but relatively little is known about the factors and mechanisms that govern migrant experiences and contribute to successful integration outcomes. In this study, we adopt an identity-based approach to understanding the factors that shape migrants’ identity orientations and affect their embeddedness in the host country. The results of a study of 1771 skilled migrants from 46 countries of origin in 12 host countries reveal that host country institutional and cultural environments create both sources of opportunity (e.g., increased potential for human development) and sources of disadvantage (e.g., employment discrimination) for migrants, and that these opposing dynamics affect the emergence of a host country identity, retention of a home country identity, and migrants’ community and career embeddedness in the host country. The findings further suggest that individual characteristics, such as the breadth of multicultural experiences and level of cultural intelligence, influence migrants’ embeddedness in the host country by helping them develop a global identity. The implications for research and practice are discussed.
PeriodJun 2021
Event titleAcademy of International Business (AIB) 2021
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Keywords

  • Immigration
  • migrant
  • acculturation
  • identity orientation
  • integration