The upside of the leg drain

  • 2006-03-08
  • By Gwynne Dyer
Most people are ambivalent about the "brain drain." On one hand, it's hard to blame young doctors or teachers or engineers from poor countries for moving to rich countries where the pay is higher, the working conditions are better, and opportunities for further training abound. On the other hand, what about the poor people they leave behind, with little money and fewer prospects, who paid the taxes that made it possible to educate these high flyers?By contrast, there is relatively little concern about the "leg drain." The star soccer players of Europe are increasingly drawn from the develop...
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