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Global skills deficiency: perspectives of skill mobility in Southeast Asian countries

A.K.M. Ahsan Ullah (Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Gadong, Brunei Darussalam)
Siti Mazidah Mohamad (Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Gadong, Brunei Darussalam)
Noor Hasharina Hassan (Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Gadong, Brunei Darussalam)
Diotima Chattoraj (Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Gadong, Brunei Darussalam)

Asian Education and Development Studies

ISSN: 2046-3162

Article publication date: 2 May 2019

Issue publication date: 18 September 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is twofold: first, it intends to engage in skill gain–lose debate in the contemporary global skill mobility context; and second, it looks into whether Southeast Asia (SEA) is losing by experiencing skill deficiency due to over outflow of talents.

Design/methodology/approach

Primary data were collected through interviews with policy makers, stakeholder and migrant professionals from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Findings

The paper comes up with the brain drain dynamics to better understand the trajectory of skill mobility in and from SEA. Within the skill mobility discourse, it is undoubtedly difficult to conclude who are the losers and the gainers in the long run.

Originality/value

This research is based on relatively small sample. However, this offers a fresh insight into the skill deficiency dynamics in Southeast Asia.

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Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed the receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this paper: this paper has been extracted from a research project funded by the University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD). We acknowledge UBD for the generous grant for this project. The paper was funded by the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (Grant No. UBD/RSCH/1.2/FICBF(b)/2018/003).

Citation

Ullah, A.K.M.A., Mohamad, S.M., Hassan, N.H. and Chattoraj, D. (2019), "Global skills deficiency: perspectives of skill mobility in Southeast Asian countries", Asian Education and Development Studies, Vol. 8 No. 4, pp. 416-432. https://doi.org/10.1108/AEDS-12-2018-0185

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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