"Reverse Brain Drain"

"Reverse Brain Drain"

We examine why the flow of intellect and skilled labor from poor to rich nations is reversing, and find out how it's impacting our area.

For decades, college-educated professionals from developing nations have left home for opportunities in the West. But this "brain drain" is reversing as stricter immigration laws and weakening economies make Western countries less hospitable to immigrants. In the U.S., Silicon Valley is the hardest hit, with fewer immigrants starting companies. We explore the reverse brain drain and find out how it's impacting our area.

Guests

Demetrios Papademetriou

President and Board Member, Migration Policy Institute

Vivek Wadhwa

Director of Research, Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; author of "The Immigrant Exodus: Why America is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent"

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