India and the Philippines Complain of Brain Drain

Posted on: September 13th, 2012
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From Bloomberg. The flaw with the whole brain drain argument is that it assumes people lack a choice if the receiving country says it won’t accept the immigrant. There are always plenty of desirable countries that are perfectly happy to put their people ahead of the home country’s. Better to work on solutions that benefit both the home and receiving country. For example, provide immigration incentives (easier paths to green cards and citizenship, for example), if people go back home for a period of time. Or collect fees to help underwrite subsidizing additional education in the home country to help make up for the losses. And don’t assume that the home country is always so innocent. People vote with their feet. If a country is corrupt  won’t address its other problems, people vote with their feet.