In this paper we will depict one of the side effects of globalization, more specific the consequence on the human capital of developing and developing states who see their best and most productive workers leave the state to seek luck and money in the richer western universe. In an economic context “ Globalisation ” is the decrease or remotion of barriers and boundary lines in order to ease flows of capital, goods, services and besides labour. Globalisation is besides the integrating of economic systems and societies around the universe. This paper focuses on the labor flows and more specific on the migration and flows of skilled labor. Globalisation is non something new, but the technological and political developments after World War II have hastened this procedure. We wo n’t look at the flows themselves, but instead at one of the side-effects of migration in a globalised universe: the encephalon drain, and, in some instances the encephalon addition.

Brain drain is human capital flight. It ‘s the phenomenon where skilled workers or immature potencies: persons with proficient accomplishments or cognition ; migrate and leave their state. While encephalon drain is non something new, it ‘s effects are much greater in a globalised universe where skilled workers can freely go the universe. Many states have restricted migration policies ; but high-skilled good trained workers are frequently more than welcome and frequently even encouraged to come to the western universe.

There are many grounds for this skilled migration and the grounds to migrate may differ from part to part. Skilled workers populating in Eastern Europe migrate to the USA or the EU because there are more calling chances, wages are higher and societal security is better. African migrators sometimes flee force, poorness, political instability or corruptness, … While there are besides extremely skilled European faculty members working in the USA, the Far East or frailty versa ; we will concentrate on the skilled migration from under-developed or developing states to the developed universe.

In this paper we will take a deeper expression at the encephalon drain. The first subdivision summarises migration informations, both skilled and unskilled The following subdivision discusses the disadvantages of skilled migration from the point of position of the developing and developing states. The subsequent subdivision takes a expression at the advantages of skilled migration, once more from the point of position of the developing and developing states. Before leaping to the decision, we ‘ll discourse a few advantages and disadvantages of the skilled migrators themselves. The concluding subdivision sums up the decision and gives some moral point of positions and my sentiment about this subject.

Where possible, we will do a differentiation between several groups of developing and developing states: Eastern Europe, Middle East and Northern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian universe and Pacific Islands. Every part has a different history and every part has different regional features. The effects of skilled migrations or the extent of every consequence will be different for every part depending on the engineering degree, the political stableness, the portion of skilled workers, the composing of the population, …

How large is the encephalon drain?

Before sum uping the advantages and disadvantages of skilled migration from the directing states perspective we foremost must cognize how large the encephalon drain truly is. How many skilled workers leave the Third World and migrate to the developed states? Answering this inquiry is non easy. Who are the extremely skilled? Should we besides count unskilled migrators who are educated in the developed universe and therefore go skilled? Do we number illegal migrators as good? We wo n’t undertake these inquiries in this paper, but merely utilize the informations provided by administrations like the IMF, the World Bank Group and the OECD. Harmonizing to these administrations skilled migrators are migrators with at least third educational attainment, wherever they completed their schooling.

Table 1 shows us some regional features of the different parts in 2000. It provides us for each part the proportion of skilled in the resident population ( Skill ) , the mean out-migration towards the OECD states ( Aemig ) , the skilled migration rate ( Semig ) and the ratio of remittals to GDP ( Rem/Y ) . The parts are grouped as follows: Eastern Europe ( EAS ) , Middle East and Northern Africa ( MEN ) , Sub-Saharan Africa ( SSA ) and the Indian universe and Pacific Islands ( IND ) .

Table 1: regional features in 2000:






Emergency alert system

12.4 %

6.6 %

11.8 %

1.3 %

Work force

8.5 %

3.5 %

8.5 %

2.8 %

Social security administration

2.8 %

0.8 %

12.9 %

2.6 %


4.5 %

0.4 %

5.2 %

1.8 %

Data beginning: Luca Marchiori, I-lung Shen, Frederic Docquier ( 2009 )

We can reason from table 1 that Eastern Europe and the Middle East and Northern Africa have attained a sensible degree of instruction already. The state of affairs in India is worse and dismaying in Sub-Saharan Africa. In all four parts, the skilled migration rate is a batch higher than the mean migration rate, therefore the encephalon drain. Again, the state of affairs in Sub-Saharan Africa is upseting. Eastern Europe and to a lesser extent besides the Middle East and North Africa besides have a really high skilled migration rate. The skilled migration rate is lower in India, but the skilled and unskilled migration rates of bigger states are ever less impressive than those of smaller states.

Disadvantages of skilled migration

Support rate diminishes

When the active portion of the population diminishes, a smaller group of people are capable of supplying economic support to the figure of older people, kids and pupils who are materially dependent on the support of others. The loads are carried by a shriveling group workers and the portion of the population that creates an added value becomes smaller and smaller. The support rate in Western Europe and Japan for illustration, diminishes due to the ripening of the population. Not merely Western Europe and Japan are hit by the ripening of the population! There are developing states in Eastern Europe and Asia that face the same jobs.

The ripening of the population is n’t the lone cause for a diminishing support rate. Migration can hold the same consequence, particularly when immature or high schooled workers leave the state: the group of active workers psychiatrists when some of them search a better hereafter in other states all over the universe. When developing states who have to get by with a turning group of retired inactive people, besides lose their trained and educated workers, they are hit twice.

First of wholly, this means that the force per unit area on the authorities budget augments: pensions need to be paid, medical costs are higher while revenue enhancement grosss go down. One of the effects can be that states will cut in educational plans. This can even magnify the encephalon drain: non merely do they lose their most productive workers, they besides wo n’t be able to educate adequate new immature high skilled workers to replace the retired workers.

This is a major job for states in Eastern Europe. African states, the Middle East and India all have a really immature population. The decreasing support rate does n’t truly problem them.

Human Capital goes down

The biggest and most noteworthy disadvantage of schooled migration looking from the position of the sending states is the downswing of human capital in these directing states. Human capital is the stock of competencies, cognition and personality properties embodied in the ability to execute labour so as to bring forth economic value. It is the properties gained by a worker through instruction and experience ( Sullivan, Arthur ; Steven M. Sheffrin ( 2003 ) . ) . It ‘s obvious that human capital of a state is affected by the migration of the high schooled and best trained workers. The human capital of a state determines among others the figure and type of investings a state attracts, but has besides a immense impact on another of import factor of the growing of a state: the engineering degree of an economic system.

Political unstable or insecure states are frequently faced with a big watercourse out of both high schooled and untaught workers. The watercourse out of these unstable states is frequently a batch bigger than the watercourse out of more stable developing states where workers leave for economical grounds merely. States with an unstable and violent history have as a consequence lost about all their skilled workers. This besides means that they need to put in the preparation of new skilled workers or that they have to pull foreign physicians, applied scientists, craftsmen, … As a effect, a immense portion of the official development aid goes to the enlisting and or preparation of skilled workers ( physicians and other wellness attention workers, skilled craftsmen for reconstructing substructure, aˆ¦ ) who are hard to retain one time trained. This manner, western states are indirectly puting their ain hereafter workers. Particularly Sub-Saharan Africa has this immense job. The first measure to retain their skilled workers is off class, the much needed political and economical stableness.

As a consequence the growing of “ Technology ” slows down

As explained above, there ‘s another of import factor affected when human capital goes down: engineering. When discoursing the encephalon drain, we talk about the most skilled workers who leave. Those skilled workers are the first and most of import people who use and/or develop new engineerings. The endowments of these workers are indispensable when a state wants to progress to higher engineering degree. Technology is an of import factor finding the type of ( foreign ) investings a state attracts. The encephalon drain can therefore hold an huge consequence on the development of a state. When foreign investors are merely interested in inexpensive workers or natural resorts, but non in the local endowments ; foreign investings frequently do n’t assist to develop a state. Companies who search a state with adequate skilled workers are frequently willing to put in preparation, but will look for states with a better get downing place.

The encephalon drain clearly slows down or even stops the development of developing or developing states who are merely attractive for their low rewards or natural resorts. The parts chiefly affected are once more the least developed states: Sub-Saharan Africa and unstable Asiatic states. The Middle East or Eastern Europe is less affected. The recent revolution even shows that there seem to be to many high schooled immature people. They do n’t happen a occupation even after several old ages of academic schooling.

The Economic returns to investing on instruction in developing states go to the developed states.

The investings in instruction done by developing states and developing states partially disappear without a hint. The investings travel up in fume when the high skilled workers, educated in their ain state, leave their state and migrate to the developed universe. As mentioned before, the same can be said about large parts of the development assistance send to developing states: parts of this assistance are reserved for educational undertakings.

It can be at first sight be detering to put in the instruction of academic forces when the most gifted persons dream of a calling in the western universe.

As expected, the negative facets of the encephalon drain are legion and can be lay waste toing in the short tally. The human capital of a state non merely determines the figure of skilled workers available for domestic production, but besides affects other of import parametric quantities of an economic system: engineering and the capacity to introduce! Both factors determine the volume and type of incoming investings. Add to this the decreasing support rate and the low returns on investing on instruction and the image does n’t consequences do n’t look promising.

Advantages of skilled migration

Remittances a‰? investings?

More frequently than non, migrators send place big amounts of money to their household whom they left buttocks in their place state. These amounts are called remittals. They are sometimes even the lone or at least the most of import ground for migrators to go to a richer and better developed state in hunt of calling chances and wealth. At first, many migrators plan to work a few old ages until they have acquired adequate money to be able to return back place and keep their household. It makes hence perfect sense that these migrators send place tonss of money even before returning place. Harmonizing to The World Bank, these remittals send back to the development or developing states are even 1,5 times greater than the world-wide budget spend on development assistance. For the development states, remittals represent about 2 % of their Gross Domestic Product, for the developing states approximately 6 % and for some of the least developed states of this universe this percentages rises to about 20 % !

There are certain analysts who equate remittals with foreign investings, but sentiments are divided on this topic. There are even analysts who claim that remittals have chiefly negative effects on the economic systems in developing states. Remittances create and maintain economic dependence and take away inducements to get down local concerns and take the enterprise to heighten life criterions.

While there are so negative effects, most economic experts believe remittals to be a good thing for developing and developing states. Remittances can heighten the province of wellness, the degree of instruction, the entree to information and engineering and can cut down the demand of child labors. While they so can be the cause of dependence, the money direct back place can besides make chances to put in the local economic system and get down up new concerns. One of the biggest advantages of remittals is the stableness they bring. In times of hungriness, harvest failure, drouth, an economical or political crisis ; remittals can do the difference for households hit by bad luck.

It ‘s of import to do a critical note before leaping to the following advantage. While there are many migrators, both low and high skilled, who send back big amounts of money, it ‘s the little elect group of really high skilled migrators who send back the smallest sum of money ; if they send something to their place land at all. The skilled workers who left their state that invested in them and who can bring forth, potentially, the highest return on investing, are besides the workers that fail to make so, non because they can ‘t carry through their possible, but because they seem to bury their roots, financially talking.

The incentive consequence of encephalon drain

Success can be contagious. The same can be said about migration. When Young people in developing states see that their countrymen who left in hunt of better calling chances, more stableness and a higher living criterion, they can be stimulated to analyze to heighten their opportunities of besides happening a better hereafter abroad. At first, this seems to be another disadvantages of the encephalon drain. Developing states seem to be losing even more high-skilled workers. Not all these new formed high skilled workers nevertheless will migrate. The long term cyberspace consequence will in most instances be positive for the human capital of a state.

Obviously this consequence can merely be positive in the long term: it takes clip and money to put in immature people and to make a new coevals of high skilled, good trained potencies. Furthermore, this wo n’t halt the encephalon drain. Migrating is still the chief end of many pupils in Third World states. The investings of developing states are still really high when looking at the result, even if the net consequence is positive. Investing in instruction remains puting in the hereafter of both your state and the hereafter of the states that attract skilled workers.

This consequence can merely play in states with adequate substructure and stableness. A state that lacks the necessary resources to develop their high potencies will ne’er be able to profit from this inducement. This consequence therefore is n’t large plenty to be called an advantage in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Eastern Europe on the other manus is the figure of skilled workers already comparatively high. That ‘s why the inducement consequence wo n’t be really high in Eastern Europe. The incentive consequence can be a existent advantage in India and North Africa and the Middle East: both parts are moderately stable and have the substructure and means to educate their workers.

Reduced Risk Premium

In an unfastened economic system, the Risk Premium is one of the most of import factors that determines the volume of ( foreign ) investings in physical capital in a state. States with a low hazard premium can more easy pull foreign investings than states with a higher hazard premium. Financiers who invest in parts or states where the return is less certain and with more unsure fortunes will demand a higher return on investing than those who choose to put in more stable parts. The hazard premium is determined by several factors: political stableness in a part, economic stableness of a state, … and besides by the available cognition of a state or part.

Migrants can ‘t truly impact the political or economical stableness of their place state, but they can distribute the cognition of their state. When high skilled leave their state they can distribute this cognition in the companies and states where they live and work. This manner, they can straight and indirectly cut down the hazard premium for their state and therefore pull more foreign investings. The consequence is assumed to impact every part with comparable magnitudes.

Diasporas can be an of import beginning of trade, capital, engineering, and cognition for origin states.

We have merely explained that the encephalon drain can indirectly heighten the physical capital of a state thanks to the reduced hazard premium. The excess foreign investings non merely raise the physical capital of a state, they can besides raise the human capital and the engineering of a state. The foreign investings can convey new engineerings to a state.

There is nevertheless another mechanism that can convey excess investings, engineering and cognition to a state: networking or more specific diasporas. A population of a state dramatis personae around the universe can still maintain in contact with each other and with their place state. This manner, new engineerings, thoughts or constructs or moral criterion can make their place state. They all can hold an consequence on the labour market or the human capital of a state. If the position of adult females alterations for illustration, the labour market can be opened for adult females. If household values change, birth control can go a discussable issue.

There ‘s besides a alteration that a global web is created when people keep in contact. This web can support the involvements of a state, can advance a part and can assist to pull investings.

Dideoxyinosine: Diaspora Direct Investments

When an developing or a underdeveloped state is faced with a big watercourse out of skilled workers or academic forces, the opportunities will turn that some of these migrators will put in the state they came from. They should hold a great cognition of their place part and they usually still have tonss of local contacts. When some of those migrators are successful and seek a good topographic point to put, there ‘s a large opportunity that they will take their place state, if stable plenty off class.

Migration can pull foreign investings thanks to the reduced hazard premium ( foreign investings ) and thanks to successful migrators who invest in their place state ( Diaspora investings ) . There ‘s nevertheless a difference between the two. Foreign investings are non ever seen as a factor of growing and development. Some bookmans argue that foreign investors merely exploit workers and that technological spillover effects are rare. Diaspora investings on the other manus are more likely to be lasting investings.

At first sight, the loss of skilled workers has chiefly a negative impact on the economic systems of the sending states. When we dive deeper into the effects of the encephalon drain and when we besides take a expression at the long term effects, we can be more optimistic. For some states the encephalon drain might even be an advantage. The economic system and society of states faced with a big watercourse out of skilled workers can be more unfastened, more globalised and more advanced thanks to the engineering spillovers of diaspora investings, the changed criterions and values and the inducements consequence of encephalon drain. On top, Gross Domestic Product of the developing and developing states rises thanks to the remittals and the excess foreign investings they can pull through the reduced hazard premium.

What about the immigrants themselves?

When looking at the advantages or disadvantages of the high schooled immigrants who head to the developed universe, we chiefly see advantages. That may look obvious, there ‘s after all frequently a good ground why they choose to migrate. Many untaught migrators who reach the Western World after a long and touch journey do n’t stop up in Eden, but frequently have to pass at least a few old ages as an illegal. For those who are eventually accepted, a good occupation is frequently unapproachable. The state of affairs for most high-skilled migrators is of class really different. Many of them can absolutely lawfully and without much jobs choose the state they prefer. The western universe even actively recruits in many developing states when seeking scarce workers. There are for illustration many wellness attention workers from the Philippines working in Europe and many IT-specialists from India work in the USA or Canada.

One could even state that high schooled workers in developing states are brainsick if they do non go forth their state and search a better hereafter in the Western World where the calling chances are better and rewards are much higher. However, there are a few critical remarks to do. Even for high schooled migrators, live is non roses all the manner.

Brain waste: high skilled immigrants accept occupations manner under their degree of schooling

The preparation, instruction and experience of migrators is n’t ever appreciated in the western World. There are many illustrations of high schooled Asians, Africans or Eastern Europeans who have to accept occupations why under their degree of schooling. That does n’t hold to intend that their criterion of life has decreased after migrating, but we might state that their rational capacities are wasted. The Western World does n’t ever take full advantage of their schooling, experience and endowments and they are n’t carry throughing their possible. A inquiry we might inquire is whether these high skilled workers would offer their endowments to a state where they would be much more apprehended and where they could carry through their possible, like their place state. They might be happier, even when working for a lower wage.


There are both negative and positive facets on the encephalon drain, on the migration of skilled workers from developing and developing states to the developed universe. The encephalon drain has right raised many inquiries, particularly when looking from the position of the sending states. There are nevertheless bookmans who claim that the encephalon drain has more advantages than disadvantages when looking at the image as a whole.

On the one side we see the direct impact of the encephalon drain: states lose their schooled workers and their human capital goes down by definition. The diminution of human capital has an impact on the engineering degree of a state and on the investings it can pull. In add-on a large portion of the investings on instruction done by the sending states go up in fume: the schooled workers leave the state and take their accomplishments with them. Countries who lose their skilled workers and who face another job, the ripening of the population, are hit twice. They non merely have to confront all the jobs mentioned supra. They besides have to get by with a shriveling support rate. The active portion of the population who contributes to the economic system and pays revenue enhancements grows smaller and smaller while the figure of pensionaries who need to be supported by the authorities and therefore by the active portion of the population expands.

On the other side recent surveies have come to the decision that there are besides many advantages to the encephalon drain, peculiarly when looking at the long term effects of skilled migration on the economic system of the sending states. The creative activity of human capital in the sending states is stimulated by the inducement consequence and the migration of workers, both skilled and unskilled creates flows of hard currency to the development and developing states. These flows of hard currency, the alleged remittals, frequently represent an of import portion in the Gross Domestic Product of the sending states, particularly in the Gross Domestic Product of the least developed states. Furthermore, a sending state can pull extra foreign investings thanks to the encephalon drain. First thanks to a reduced hazard premium and secondly the migrators themselves can, when they are successful abroad, invest in their place state.

We can for certain say that the short term effects of the loss of schooled workers on the developing and developing states are negative. Furthermore the economical growing of states faced with a encephalon drain can stagnate. Human capital is an of import economical factor for growing and development non to be underestimated.

Looking at the long term effects, the replies are less clear and equivocal. Future investings can be higher thanks to the diaspora investings and the extra foreign investings. The remittals are frequently indispensable for many undeveloped states, peculiarly in minutes of crisis: dearth, an economical crisis or natural catastrophes. Last, we must besides advert the influence migrators can hold on the engineering degree of developing states, but besides on criterions and values. The effects of birth control on poorness can non be underestimated.

When we make a differentiation between the different parts, the least developed states are non the 1s that are affected the most by the loss of skilled workers. When we say least developed states, we are mentioning to the states of Sub-Saharan Africa. This part benefits the most from the encephalon drain in the long tally. We might even reason that Sub-Saharan Africa will profit from a encephalon addition thanks to the loss of skilled workers. Sub-Saharan Africa nevertheless will non profit from this encephalon addition every bit long as the part is n’t politically and military stalls. The African states will ne’er pull adequate investings without this much needed stableness.

Both the short term and the long term effects for Eastern Europe are likely negative. The degree of instruction in this part is already excessively high to gain from the positive effects on the human capital of a state. Following, this part is hit by the same large job Europe and Japan have to face: the ripening of the population. When a large portion of the most productive portion of the population leaves the state, those who stay will hold to duplicate their attempts.

When looking at the two other parts, India and the Pacific and The Middle East and North Africa, pulling the right decision is less apparent. Will the positive effects outweigh the negative 1s or non? Both parts already have a comparatively big group of schooled workers and the engineering degree in both parts is sufficient. The benefits for those facets will be negligible. Both parts need to pull excess investings. Tunisia for illustration, has many immature faculty members schooled workers who are familiar with the new engineerings, but non plenty occupations. When the high-schooled, but unemployed immature workers migrate to the Western World, the Middle East and North Africa can merely profit.

My Opinion

The effects of skilled migration on the development and developing states, both the long term effects and the short term effects, are analysed in item. But how to cover with the negative effects of the encephalon drain or how the negative effects can be limited is about ne’er explained. Merely the documents discoursing Diaspora Direct Investments give advice on how to acquire more out of and pull these investings. It ‘s hard to give an sentiment on a topic when it is n’t clear how to counter the negative effects or how to acquire the most out of the positive effects in order to travel from a encephalon drain to a encephalon addition.

Before taking a place on the encephalon drain, it might be utile to clear up the state of affairss of the different parties involved. First, there are the developing and developing states faced with a big watercourse out of schooled workers. They seem to be powerless to halt this since bookmans merely describe their jobs, but do n’t suggest a solution. As mentioned above, the effects of the encephalon drain are chiefly negative. There are so besides positive effects when looking at the long term, but it ‘s far from certain that the positive effects will outweigh the negative 1s for many states. The inquiry remains: can the developing and underdeveloped states change their unstable state of affairs? Can they promote the schooled workers to remain in a state where the hereafter is frequently unsure, rewards are low and calling chances scarce? This seems impossible to be. That nevertheless does n’t intend that nil can be done. Taking off some of the grounds to migrate will cut down the migration and its effects: political and military stableness, safety, less corruptness, … are merely a few of the many grounds to fly a state and to construct a new life abroad. What ‘s more, if these jobs are at least partly solved the economical returns to investing on instruction will be higher. To reason, there seems to be no existent solution for this job when looking at the directing states. The lone thing they can make is shuting the spread with the developed universe. The charming expression to make so though, do non look to be.

It ‘s even more hard to happen a solution when we analyse the encephalon drain from the single migrators position. It seems that the determination to migrate, when possible, is at first sight easy made. Can we fault the high skilled workers populating in an developing state to dream of a better paid occupation in a safer and more stable environment with more calling chances? Are they incorrect to make so and is it incorrect to go forth a state that invested in them? There ‘s another facet we must look at when we analyse the encephalon drain from the migrators position: remittals and investings. Make these migrators have the moral responsibility to direct back big amounts of money? Do they hold the moral responsibility to put, when possible, in the state that educated them? It ‘s better to go forth the reply to the migrators themselves.

Finally, we have the Western authoritiess and companies who fight their war for endowment. The United States of America, Europe and Japan all need new skilled workers to replace the baby-boom workers who will retire and the BRIC-countries need skilled workers to shut the spread with the developed states. Many states and companies try to pull the same extremely skilled endowments and trust on international labor flows to make full in future spreads. The planetary competition does n’t give them a pick. If they do n’t pull plenty gifted workers, economic growing might decelerate down. In my sentiment, we ca n’t fault the developed states for the encephalon drain. Every state tries to thrive. But should the Western World compensate the development and developing states for the encephalon drain? Should they do good the loss of skilled workers in 3rd universe states? I do n’t believe that ‘s a necessity. The effects for the development states is equivocal, but is likely positive for the least developed states. The encephalon drain might even be a encephalon addition for them.