High-Skilled Labour Mobility in an Era of Protectionism: Foreign Startups and India

This paper is part of our study on high-skilled labour mobility in the context of the discussions in the G20 and India’s other international engagements including the World Trade Organization. We express our gratitude to Rajat Kathuria, Director and Chief Executive, ICRIER, for giving us the opportunity to work in this area and for his constant support. We would like to thank the survey participants including the foreign startups,
embassies, business councils, trade bodies, industry associations, angel investors, incubators, accelerators, and Indian and foreign policymakers, who participated in the survey and shared their valuable inputs. We would especially like to thank, Ravi Srivastava, First Secretary for Environment, Science and Technology Affairs and D Jagannath Rao, Senior Macro Economist, Embassy of the United States of America; Louis Nouaille-Degorce, Deputy
Regional Economic Counsellor, Regional Economic Department for India and South Asia and Patrick Pillon, Regional Financial Counsellor, Deputy Head of the Regional Economic Department for India and South Asia, Embassy of France; Tania Friederichs, CounsellorHead of Research and Innovation, and Wojciech Dziworski, Counsellor for Health and Food Safety, Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan; Seeta Sharma, Technical
Officer and Harpreet Bhullar, National Project Coordinator, EU-India Cooperation and Dialogue on Migration and Mobility, International Labour Organization; Ankit Bahl, Advisor-Trade and Investments, Embassy of Estonia in India; Poul V. Jensen, Director, European Business & Technology Centre and Sachin Gaur, Local Coordinator for EU–India Co-operation on ICT-related Standardization for their support and valuable inputs.