The project aimed to expand the knowledge-base on skilled return migration and its impact, and to explore strategies to influence the potential of skilled diasporas. Taking the example of Indian skilled migration, the study offers an evidence-based analysis that shows the effects that both return and diaspora transnationalism have on home country development. The study draws on data collected simultaneously in the host and home countries between 2011 and 2012. One part of the study examined skilled Indians in four European destination countries (France, Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland) and the other part of the study looked at skilled Indian returnees in six major cities in India (Delhi-National Capital Region (Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon), Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai and Pune).
The project was coordinated by the Cooperation and Development Center (CODEV) of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and it was implemented in close collaboration with the Labour Migration Branch (MIGRANT) of the ILO, the Institute of Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK) and the International Migration and Diasporas Studies (IMDS) Project of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Funded by the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS), the project ran from January 2011 until February 2013.