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Mobile Brains and The Question of ‘Deskilling’: High-skilled South Asian migrants in Denmark

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Ashika Niraula,

Department of Educational Anthropology, School of Education, Aarhus University, DK
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Karen Valentin

Department of Educational Anthropology, School of Education, Aarhus University, DK
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Abstract

Based on two ethnographic studies on the experiences of high-skilled migrants in Denmark, we argue that it is problematic to presume a simple correlation between ‘deskilling’ and what is often regarded as low-status jobs. We claim that many of these migrants are, albeit discreetly, actively gaining new skills and knowledge through low-status jobs not related to their qualifications and/or utilising their existing knowledge and skills in their everyday lives. We approach skills as a social construct that differs according to context and under particular historical circumstances, not merely as a neutral, measurable and easily transferable human capital. The article offers critical analysis of simultaneous processes of skilling– deskilling–reskilling–upskilling linked to migration and generates new insights into debates on highly educated migrants in a Nordic context.
How to Cite: Niraula, A. and Valentin, K., 2019. Mobile Brains and The Question of ‘Deskilling’: High-skilled South Asian migrants in Denmark. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 9(1), pp.19–35. DOI: http://doi.org/10.2478/njmr-2019-0008
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Published on 01 Mar 2019.
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