Skilled migrants from Colombia, India and South Africa in Switzerland: empirical evidence and policy responses- Preface by Jean-Baptiste Meyer
Edited By Gabriela Tejada Guerrero and Jean-Claude Bolay
VII Acknowledgements Numerous people – scientists, professionals, students, migrants and locals – have contributed to the preparation of this volume by taking part in interviews, by informing others about the project activities identifying members of the scientific diaspora, and by actively participating in the workshops that were organised to examine the policy implications of the major research findings. The following people were members of the project’s research team and the scientific steering committee: Dr. Gabriela Tejada, Francelle Kwankam, Ibra- hima Amadou Dia, Marco Pecoraro, Prof. Jean-Claude Bolay, Dr. Piyasiri Wick- ramasekara, Prof. Philippe Wanner, Dr. Rosita Fibbi, Prof. Marie-Claire Caloz- Tschopp, Prof. Christiane Perregaux, Dr. Claudio Bolzman, Prof. Carlos Andrés Peña, and Guillermo Arbelaez. The Geneva International Academic Network (GIAN) provided financial support for the project, which was co-financed by the Cooperation Unit of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and the International Migration Programme of the International Labour Office (ILO). GIAN’s former Executive Secretary, Randall Harbour, systematically backed and encouraged our activities. Thanks to this research funding, we were able to establish an excellent level of collaboration between the various academic part- ners and the members of international organisations, building bridges and creat- ing synergies between two worlds that otherwise only have sporadic contact with each other. The support of Dr. Ibrahim Awad, the Director of the International Mi- gration Programme at the ILO, and the valuable technical contributions of Dr. Piyasiri Wickramasekara were most encouraging and essential to the success- ful execution of the project....
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