Published: 19 September 2017 at 09:00
Study into globally mobile professionals uncovers a strong sense of communitySo-called “global elites” have a strong sense of identity and community albeit one that transcends nationality and ethnicity, according to a new study published in the journal Human Relations.
“The so-called ‘global elites’ are often portrayed as a uniform group of disloyal mercenaries who shun both their roots as well as local engagement in the countries they move to.
“The reality is far more nuanced, as can be seen in this study. While these expats are undoubtedly privileged with professional careers in multinational firms, they are not free-floating, detached individualists. They live normal lives like millions of middle-class professionals in the UK and elsewhere who have not left their home country. They have families, often of mixed nationality, and they too seek community and belonging and want to feel at home as engaged citizens where they live.
“The study shows that these people have a shared sense of identity just as strong as people who base their cultural identity on nationality, ethnicity or religion. Far from being ‘citizens of nowhere’, they are also proud ‘Amsterdammers’ who have put down roots in the city and call it home.
“These expats are highly coveted by the city of Amsterdam. The city recognises the contribution they make and they have a strategic focus on making Amsterdam an attractive place for high-skilled migrants.”
“In the wake of the Brexit vote, it is these skilled EU citizens who are most likely to consider leaving to go elsewhere. They seek not only career opportunities and the freedom to move across national borders, but also open, diverse places where they can feel at home as engaged citizens, regardless of nationality.”