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Brain Drain

The Big Idea for Monday, January 16, 2012

International students are coming to the US in droves to take advantage of what American universities have to offer. In return, the US benefits from the influx of talent from powerful countries like China, India and Turkey. But when American economic growth and job opportunities lag behind China’s, what can policymakers and job creators do to prevent this pool of talent from taking their new skills back home?

Immigrants skilled in science, technology and engineering will be the future innovators this country needs to stay ahead of the global market. Before the US loses its lead in technology and entrepreneurship, policymakers will need to enact legislation that makes it easier for skilled immigrants to stay in the US.


  1. 1 A Surge in Graduate Students from China Brings Big Benefits
    An Phung Think Tank
  2. 2 The Brain Drain Game: Why Everybody Loses.
    Jason Gots Think Tank
  3. 3 Has the Brain Drain of Top Scientists Caused the US to Lose Its Edge?
    Michio Kaku Dr. Kaku's Universe
  4. 4 Can America Compete?
    Global Roundtable

Brain Drain

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