Should teachers stay at home? The impact of international teacher mobility

Simon Appleton, W. John Morgan, Amanda Sives

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This article assesses the impact of international teacher migration on developing countries, based on a project covering Botswana, England, Jamaica and South Africa. It draws upon fieldwork conducted in 2003, including surveys of schools, migrant teachers and trainee teachers. The article estimates the extent of the movements and argues that they are largely transitional. The salary gains from migration are reported, along with estimates of the costs to sending countries in terms of training subsidies. International recruitment is not found to lead to harmful shortages of teachers in Jamaica and South Africa, but may 'cream off' the more effective teachers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)771-786
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of International Development
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Botswana
  • Brain drain
  • Education
  • England
  • Jamaica
  • Migration
  • South Africa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development


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