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British brain drain
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, February 21, 2008

Britain, apparently, is experiencing a "brain drain" with highly qualified and educated Brits emigrating to other countries:
No other nation is losing so many qualified people, it points out. Britain has now lost more than one in 10 of its most skilled citizens, while overall only Mexico has had more people emigrate.
The reasons a multiple and fairly obvious, not that anything will be done about them:
Damian Green, the shadow immigration minister, said: "Ten years of Labour has re-created the brain drain. High taxes and Government interference are driving people away."

The study found that foreign-born people make up 8.3 per cent of Britain's population. A House of Lords report into the economic impact of migration is due next month.

Prof David Coleman, of St John's, Oxford, said the brain drain was "to do with quality of life, laws and bureaucracy, tax and all the rest of it".

Prof Christian Dustmann, of University College London, said: "The costs of leaving a country are substantial. The rewards must be very high."
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You mean higher taxes are NOT an incentive to keep and bring in new people?

Written By: Joel C.
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I know several British ex-pats. I don’t know a single one who regrets leaving. They do refer to their friends who didn’t leave, but now wish they had.

This effect, though, gives me hope. Not that I wish anything ill for Great Britain, but the effect is a demonstration of the limits of government power. If the US continues down the collectivist path, any country that bucks the trend will get the cream of our creative workforce. As long as there is one country somewhere that refuses to become a collectivist "paradise", there is hope for the philosophy of liberty and free markets to continue to progress.

My advice to young people is to learn Spanish. Not to talk to immigrants, but in case Costa Rica or some Caribbean island becomes the next free market redoubt.

I’d love to think a post-Castro Cuba could play that role, just as Poland is doing in Europe today.
Written By: Billy Hollis
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That’s what the Exile Community is trying to accomplish down here in Miami. There have been contingency plans 50 years in the making for that eventful day, and alot of these people have secured ’reconstruction’ funds from their friends in Washington, mostly from the Diaz-Balart Brothers and Ileana Ross in the House and Lieberman/Martinez in the Senate.

We’ll see, though.
Written By: Joel C.
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My advice to young people is to learn Spanish. Not to talk to immigrants, but in case Costa Rica or some Caribbean island becomes the next free market redoubt.
Doesn’t Chile already fit the bill? Freer economy than the US with a "socialist" government in name only. Similar climates to much of our own as well.

I’m just sayin’...
Written By: D
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Ironically I hear from a British friend that the UK is one of the places that disgruntled French talent goes when they feel stifled in France.
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