Migration of Indian Human Capital: The Ebb and Flow of Indian Professionals in Southeast Asia


In an increasingly globalised world manifested in greater economic integration, human capital is an important factor. One of the key sources of human capital to the global economy is India, and the main destinations for Indian professionals has been Western developed economies, the Middle East and Gulf regions and East and Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia as a region has close historical, social and cultural linkages with India, and India has undertaken a number of initiatives under its ‘Look East’ policy (LEP) to enhance ties with the Southeast Asian region. This book examines the trends and motivations of human capital flows from India into this region. Focusing in particular on Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and, Thailand, the book provides an analysis of Indian labour in a variety of sectors, including information technology (IT) sector, academia, banking, oil and gas. Based on empirical data, the book provides an analysis of current trends in the flow of human capital from India to Southeast Asia. The seminar will discuss the issues raised in the book.



Faizal Bin Yahya is a Research Fellow with the Institute of Policy Studies, a research centre at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. His current research focuses on Singapore, human capital, ethnic minorities and economic linkages between South Asia and East Asia (including Southeast Asia) at the regional and bilateral levels. He is the author of Economic Cooperation between Singapore and India (Routledge 2008).




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