Should Brain Drain Be Banned?


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It's really hard to stop the brain drain that makes bright, well-educated people leave a country for "greener pastures" abroad. In most cases, the steps that must be taken to stop brain drain need to come from higher-ups in a nation's government, such as prime ministers, presidents, and other such heads of state. Banning people from working elsewhere would not go over well with most "brain drain" types, since the government was the one that set up laws about how people can work abroad.

  • Government plays a role

Laws governing small business, taxation, and immigration may dictate exactly who decides to stay in a country and who decides to leave. Often, big business will play a role; if they don't pay competitively for certain jobs, they will become less appealing to workers, and these workers will consider going to other countries to make more money for what they do.

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Examples of brain drain job include medical jobs, such as doctors, nurses, technicians, or Internet technology and computer programming jobs. Paying competitive wages and giving good benefits is one way to keep the best and brightest in a country. The overall economic health of a nation is also a factor; countries with a higher GDP will offer more prosperity and opportunity to highly-skilled and educated workers.

To ban the brain drain is not the answer; dealing with the problems that resulted in a brain drain is really the only way to stem the flow of workers who leave to go seek their fortunes in other nations. After all, most people do prefer to stay in their home countries if they can; they tend to leave only when there is a great disparity between what they make for a job in their own country, versus what they would make working elsewhere.

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