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Can Talent Abroad Help Reform Institutions at Home? Towards a New Diaspora Agenda in Development


This comparative project published in September 2013 by the Migration Policy Institute is based on empirical work in India, Argentina, Mexico, and Russia, South Korea, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. The book includes sections on talent abroad and institutional dynamics at home, the role of diasporas in the global search for local solutions, expatriate talent and transformation of innovation systems at home, and implications for institutional development and design of diaspora initiatives.

Funded by a multi-year grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the book project put forth the hypothesis that the increased salience of diaspora networks to home economies goes beyond direct economic impacts alone.



Yevgeny Kuznetsov, ed. How Can Talent Abroad Induce Development at Home? Towards a Pragmatic Diaspora Agenda. Washington D.C.: Migration Policy Institute, 2013.


Research Affiliate

Yevgeny Kuznetsov

World Bank/Migration Policy Institute




Project Funding

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Grant Press Release


Media Coverage

Engaging Diaspora Talent: How Countries Can Integrate their Diaspora and Development Agendas, Migration Policy Institute Podcast