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January 29, 2009
Home countries lure skilled immigrants away from U.S.

Thousands of Chinese have returned to their homeland after studying or working in the U.S.

Though the U.S. has often been called the “land of opportunity,” the country is losing some of its top minds to companies overseas.

In a phenomenon known as reverse brain drain, highly skilled immigrants to the U.S. are returning to their home countries — nations like India or China whose industries might seem attractive as U.S. unemployment rises and visa restrictions come into effect.

Listen to our online radio show on reverse brain drain.

Blogger “John Moore” in Texas worries that the U.S. is losing its best and brightest, blaming restrictive copyright and patent laws that hamper innovation.

The “South Africa Rocks” blog writes about ex-pat Londoners returning to South Africa, fueled by more competitive politics and tightened U.K. visas.

Blogger “Piset Wattanavitukul” discusses why Chinese ex-pats are drawn back to China, including wages and industrial growth.

The “Indra’s Drishtikona” blog compares India’s scientific and technical growth to that of Western powers, suggesting that return migrants are attracted to the country’s innovation.

Blogger “szforbes” argues that return migration is growing not just because of the economic downturn, but also because of the desire to improve one’s home country. The blogger interviews two Indian returnees.

Blogger “Greg Weeks” writes about anecdotal evidence that immgrants are leaving the U.S., but points out that there are still many incentives to drawn foreign workers as well.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Steve Webel under a Creative Commons license.

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