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The Daily Telegraph reports,

Britain has now lost more than one in 10 of its most skilled citizens, while overall only Mexico has had more people emigrate.

...Britain's exodus is far higher than any of the OECD's other 29 members. Germany has lost only 860,000 highly-skilled workers, America 410,000 and France 370,000.

The OECD found that 27.3 per cent of those emigrating had health or education qualifications, 37.7 per cent had humanities or social science degrees and 28.5 per cent were scientists or engineers.

Thanks to Jaya Ramji-Nogales for the pointer.

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Acad Ronin writes:

Britons who are thinking of moving have a lot of options that do not require a change of language or a decline in standard of living. The French and Germans have few or none.

I wonder how many of the US emigrants are recent citizens who came to the US for further education and are now returning to their homeland as a call option on the opportunities there, but with a put option (their US passport), in their back pockets.

Buzzcut writes:

I too wonder who these American emigrants are. They HAVE to be recent immigrants going back to the home country. That is quite a different situation than what's happening in Europe.

JMR writes:

Atlas Shrug?

Troy Camplin writes:

Trust me, if I knew of a place that was much more humanities and interdisciplinarian-friendly, I'd go there. I am so sick of nobody being able to figure out what to do with me and nobody even understanding what it is I do.

TGGP writes:

Maybe you should start doing something else, Troy :)

Troy Camplin writes:

I kind of already have this Ph.D. in the humanities, so . . .

Basically, I keep getting told I'm overqualified. For everything. Including jobs that require Ph.D.s! Apparently the combination of B.S. in Recombinant Gene Technology and chemistry, M.A. in English, and Ph.D. in the Humanities really scares people.

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