This study amplifies understanding of the occupational marginalization of skilled migrants by elaborating the role of cognition in skilled migrants' perception of contextual barriers and career options. Our qualitative analysis of interviews with 13 Filipino engineers who migrated to Canada revealed that migrants' perceptions are influenced by their mobility frames. We identified three cognitive mobility frames: migrant, migrant professional, and mobile professional. We found that migrants accessed local interpretations of contextual barriers through interactions in the situational context and that migrants' mobility frames focused their attention on particular individual resources and characteristics of context, suggesting potential career options.

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Keywords International career mobility, occupational barriers, sensemaking, situated cognition, skilled migrants
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1177/1470595816660119
Journal International Journal of Cross Cultural Management
Citation
Aten, K. (Kathryn), Nardon, L, & Isabelle, D. (2016). Making sense of foreign context: Skilled migrant's perceptions of contextual barriers and career options. International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 16(2), 191–214. doi:10.1177/1470595816660119