Economist: Smart people are fleeing Croatia more than Yemen and Serbia



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Economist: Smart people are fleeing Croatia more than Yemen and Serbia



Brain drain is a term that has long since entered the general culture. It is, of course, a metaphor for the massive displacement of highly educated and talented members of a society into richer and more prosperous countries where they can better capitalize on their knowledge and skills.

Brain drain is a common theme in developing countries, where it raises fears that the country will remain emptied of highly skilled “human capital”.



And new brain drain data published in the form of a chart by Britain's Economist is particularly alarming for Croatia.

Specifically, according to data from the Global Competitiveness Report 2018, in the ranking with a rating from 1 (all talented people leave their country) to 7 (talented people stay in their country), Croatia is in fourth place with 1.88 points.

The only three countries worse than Croatia are Bosnia and Herzegovina (1.76), Venezuela (1.73) and, notoriously first, Haiti (1.7).

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When people in rich countries worry about migration, they tend to think of low-paid incomers who compete for jobs as construction workers, dishwashers or farmhands. ⁠ ⁠ When people in developing countries worry about migration, they are usually concerned about the prospect of their best and brightest decamping to Silicon Valley or hospitals and universities in the developed world. ⁠ ⁠ This “brain drain” has long bothered policymakers in poor countries. How do educated people feel about it? Tap on the link in our bio to find out.

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Romania, Yemen, Moldova and Serbia stand better than Croatia

Romania (1.88) stands out better than us on this issue, but, amazingly, the war-ravaged and starved Yemen (1.94), as well as Moldova (1.96), Macedonia (2.13), Benin (2, 27) – one of the poorest countries in the world – also Serbia (2.31).

When people in affluent countries worry about migration, the Economist writes on their Instagram profile, they usually think of lower paid workforce competing for jobs as construction workers, dishwashers or farm auxiliaries.

But when people in developing countries worry about migration, they are generally concerned about the departure of the smartest and best who go to Silicon Valley (in the US) or to hospitals and universities in the developed world.

It is no wonder, then, that brain drain is a concern for politicians in ruling countries. And according to some economists, this trend leaves developing countries just without the people they need to get out of poverty. However, not everyone thinks so – another economist thinks that fear is unjustified, because the money emigrants send to their families in the homeland and the new skills they bring with them outweigh the damage to their country of origin since their emigration.

Economist: Smart people are fleeing Croatia more than Yemen and Serbia

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