International talent flow and intention to repatriate: An identity explanation

Helen Louise De Cieri, Cathy Robyn Sheehan, Christina Costa, Marilyn Fenwick, Brian Cooper

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Using a sample of 563 Australian professionals currently working overseas, we investigate the relationships between intention to repatriate and national identity, demographic variables, quality of life, career advancement, personal networks, social context, and situational characteristics. Our findings show that national identity, length of time already spent overseas, quality of life available in the home country, employment in a multinational enterprise (MNE) and expatriate location were predictive of intention to repatriate to Australia. This research has implications for individuals, employers and government policy with regard to the management of talent flows of skilled workers. © 2009 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-261
Number of pages19
JournalHuman Resource Development International
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Identity
  • Quality of life
  • Repatriation
  • Talent flow

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