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Migration challenges and career habitus of South Asian professionals and managers in Australia

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This paper explores the challenges faced by South Asian skilled migrants, particularlyprofessionals and managers and the issues they face with their career advancement inAustralia. Extant literature has reported gaps in the skilled migration policies which preventmigrants from gaining professional recognition of their skills including personal,professional and social barriers. This paper employed phenomenology and narrativeresearch using 21 in-depth, semi-structure interviews of migrant professionals and managersfrom India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The findings suggested that migrated SouthAsian professionals and managers feel uprooted from their inherited social conditions andsuffer from a crisis of habitus due to dis-embeddedness with new social conditions. The studymakes an important contribution to the topic of skilled migrants.

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Author(s): Mohyuddin S, Patel P, Prikshat V

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 31st Annual Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference

Year of Conference: 2017

Acceptance date: 07/10/2017

Series Title: Creative Disruption: Managing in a Digital Age

Sponsor(s): RMIT University