Talent flowscapes and circular mobility in a Belt and Road (BRI) perspective: Global talent flows revisited

Shahamak Rezaei*, Mikkel Rønnow Mouritzen

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This article brings the role of talent migration to the discussion of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) mainly focusing on academic talents. We explore the foundation for BRI's talent development as a long-term and gradual process building on policies dating back to China's opening in 1978. China's opening saw an increased number of individuals who could improve their skills, knowledge, and network from China globally or inside China from elsewhere on the globe. These global experiences have resulted in the Chinese government, companies, and institutions' necessity to compete for talent or human resources on a global “market”. We interpret the call for establishing people-to-people connections within the BRI as an intensification of China's existing talent strategy.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAsian Journal of Social Science
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)188-197
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2021


  • Talent Mobility
  • Brain Circulation
  • Social ties
  • Guanxi
  • Migrants in China

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