Next Steps in Managing Teacher Migration

Papers of the Sixth Commonwealth Research Symposium on Teacher Mobility, Recruitment and Migration

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The Sixth Commonwealth Teachers’ Research Symposium brought together education researchers, practitioners and policy-makers to share experiences from developed and developing countries both within and outside the Commonwealth. This collection of papers from the event examines current trends in teacher migration, including education in emergencies, forced migration and pan-African migration, in line with the current global focus on education in conflict affected countries.

Co-published with UNESCO.




Migration is both a millennia-old phenomenon and a distinctive feature of our times. For centuries, people have migrated in search of better economic opportunities, to find new challenges and to experience and learn from cultures other than their own. People have also migrated throughout history to escape conflict, environmental stress, natural disasters, and social, political and economic hardship. In the modern era, the ease of transport and communications and the changes in expectations brought about by globalisation mean that the potential and opportunities for international mobility are arguably greater than ever, even in a global environment where immigration controls are stronger than they have ever been. People no longer necessarily feel constrained by their horizons, but understand that they have the potential to work wherever they are needed and where they will be rewarded. We are witnessing too shifts in the patterns of conflict and complex emergencies, from the large-scale international militarised wars of the twentieth century to smaller-scale, intra-national conflicts where civilians have become increasingly targets of violence. Climate change is also predicted to increase the number of migrants escaping environmental stress.


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