Stepping Out of the Brain Drain

Stepping Out of the Brain Drain : Applying Catholic Social Teaching in a New Era of Migration

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Catholic social teaching's traditional opposition to 'brain drain' migration from developing to developed countries is due for a reassessment. Stepping Out of the Brain Drain provides exactly this, as it demonstrates that both the economic and the ethical rationales for the teaching's opposition to 'brain drain' have been undermined in recent years, and shows how the adoption of a less critical policy could provide enhanced opportunities for poor countries to accelerate their economic development.show more

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  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.1 x 22.9mm | 362.88g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739115057
  • 9780739115053

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Stepping Out of the Brain Drain is important not only because it offers a timely summary of the Catholic teaching on migration and a persuasive challenge to one aspect of that teaching, but also because it offers a model for how lay persons can effectively help the social teaching remain sensitive to the 'signs of the times' as events unfold. The book abundantly evidences its authors' great respect for Catholic social teaching, as well as their great understanding of it and the context in which existing policy developed. -- Marisa Cianciarulo Association Of American Colleges and Universities An original, bracing, and controversial rethinking of the 'brain drain.' A good test for those who think they know everything about immigration. -- Michael Novak, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, 1994 Templeton laureate This is a ground-breaking book and should be read by everybody who cares about the interplay between migration and development. Pistone and Hoeffner detail the contributions that skilled workers make to economic development and poverty reduction in their nations of origin. In an era characterized by globalization, they see the mobility of skilled migrants as a 'gain' for both sending and receiving nations, a gain that very directly addresses the root causes of migration. -- Donald Kerwin, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. This impressively researched and compassionate book makes the case that today's migrants can often do more to fulfill their obligations to help their families and home communities as migrants than if they remained at home. It raises important questions not only for Catholics but for anyone who is concerned about the ethical implications of migration policies. -- Kathleen Newland, director, Migration Policy Institute This book represents a challenge to the teaching Church from two Catholic scholars whose faith convictions run deep and whose knowledge of Catholic Social Teaching is impressive. -- William J. Byron, S.J., Catholic University, author of The Power of Principles: Ethics in the New Corporate Culture This splendid book provides an insightful, dispassionate, informed and comprehensive analysis of the phenomenon of 'brain drain' by two prominent scholars with both a social conscience and a cool head. Every policymaker and scholar interested in this important phenomenon, and in its policy implications, must be required to read it. -- Jagdish Bhagwati, Columbia University This book provides a fresh and frank discussion of how Catholic social teaching applies to STEP OUT migrants. A thorough analysis of the Church's understandings of migration issues stands as the volume's greatest contribution to this literature...Specialists in immigration affairs and graduate and seminary libraries should possess this book. -- Patrick J. Hayes Catholic Library World There is a good reason for Catholics and non Catholics alike to read this book. The book is relevant for those in dialogue with the Catholic community about human rights, poverty, human dignity, and the common good. It is a clearly written, well documented, and highly informative text that focuses on and explores the ethical implications of global developments that have not been completely absorbed by the general public or by Catholic social teaching. Journal for Peace & Justice Studies It is a clearly written, well documented, and highly informative text that focuses on and explores the ethical implications of global developments that have not been completely absorbed by the general public or by Catholic social teaching. Peace and Justice Studies, March 2009 This book aims to shed new light on the relationship between the Catholic church and immigration, emphasizing the positive effects of the migration of professionals. It thus gives good ground for the Catholic church to revise its opinion of professional immigrants. -- Heli Hyvonen Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, July 1, 2009show more

About Michele R. Pistone

Michele R. Pistone is professor of law and director of the clinical program at Villanova University. John J. Hoeffner is an attorney and a former editor-in-chief of The Catholic Lawyer. They maintain a website on skilled migration at www.stepoutmigration.com.show more

Table of contents

Part 1 Definitions: The Scope of This Book, STEP OUT Migration: A New Term for Brain Drain, Catholic Social Teaching Part 2 Catholic Social Thought and Immigration: The Openness of the Tradition and the Exception, Foundational Principles, Applying Human Dignity and the Common Good to Immigration Part 3 Events and Understandings Influencing the Formation of the Church's STEP OUT Migration Policy: Political Developments, Developments in the Church Part 4 The Case for STEP OUT Migration: An Overview, A History of Accentuating the Negative, The Importance of Modern Technology and Globalization Part 5 The Contributions of STEP OUT Migrants: International Knowledge Transfers, Monetary Transfers, Technology Development and Transfer Part 6 The Encyclicals of Pope John Paul II and Their Implications: Work in Catholic Social Thought, Human Dignity and STEP OUT Migration Part 7 Next Steps: Recommendations, Conclusion Part 8 Appendix A: Catholic Social Teaching and Political Discourse Part 9 Appendix B: A Short History of the American Catholic Church's Programmatic Support for Immigrant Communitiesshow more