Thursday, February 21, 2008

Here we go again...

Via The Englishman, it seems that the bright and educated are leaving our shores...
Britain is experiencing the worst "brain drain" of any country as highly qualified professionals settle abroad, an authoritative international study showed yesterday.

Record numbers of Britons are leaving - many of them doctors, teachers and engineers - in the biggest exodus for almost 50 years.

There are now 3.247 million British-born people living abroad, of whom more than 1.1 million are highly-skilled university graduates, say the researchers.

More than three quarters of these professionals have settled abroad for more than 10 years, according to the study by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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.

It seems that it's not only DCI Sam Tylor who is going back to the 70s: way to catch the zeitgeist!


Neal Asher said...

It's quite simple: if you've got the opportunity, the money, can break ties or any combination of all three, you get out. Anyone with a brain can see that with the billions being frittered away, the massive bureaucracy that needs paying for, the over-regulation by incompetent government and the massive state-run disasters have all put Britain on a shit-slide into chaos.

Anonymous said...

I'm giving it two years. If the current bunch of shits get back in, most probably through vote rigging, then I'm off.

Pete in Dunbar said...

"There are now 3.247 million British-born people living abroad, of whom more than 1.1 million..."

Make that 3.247 million and one. I'm off in March. Mind you, I think you'll find these:

"...the billions being frittered away, the massive bureaucracy that needs paying for, the over-regulation by incompetent government and the massive state-run disasters..."

everywhere. Only the currency being pissed away changes.

Anonymous said...

You'll certainly find it in Canada, along with more blatant Government corruption.

A lot of Canadians I spoke to when I was over there on an extended trip had the same view of many of their compatriots as we do of ours, i.e. apathetic when it comes to politics.

anthonynorth said...

They'll soon be using this as an excuse for more immigration.

Machiavelli's Understudy said...

I do wonder how many of those 3.247 million 'British born' people are not the offspring of immigrants. I think if you take away that number, you might begin to see a truer picture of emigration, rather than one that might include a traditional return to ancestral homes.

I still think the number will be quite large. The number of highly-skilled people that has been lost is of obvious concern, if not only for the massive cost in education some of those people (doctors, for example, who cost £100K+ to train and are going off to Australasia because we have no jobs for them here). I don't blame anybody for leaving, though. This country is shit-hole, getting worse. I know it's easy to say that, but I feel it. When you can see a noticeable change over a period of time, and one that isn't for the better, optimism about your personal circumstances dwindles and fizzles out.

I'm at uni at the moment, but I'll be damned if I'm staying here for more than another five years, the way things are.

Anonymous said...

My wife and I both workin tertiary education (both doctorate-holders, both young academics) and we've spent the last four years getting ever more exasperated with the decline of British academic standards and the ridiculous and hugely deleterious policies inflicted on us by central government.

I've applied for a few jobs overseas, not without regrets because I really do like this country very much.

Things have taken on a new urgency recently as I witness the death of civility in our country, the growth of constant low-level (and, sometimes, not so low-level) hostility as one goes about one's daily business.

I am just over thirty years of age and I have seen Britain morph into a strange foreign country full of hostile, aggressive and painfully stupid people. I have seen our education system change from being the finest in the world to being even weaker than that of the US. I have seen my fellow citizens change from civil, respectful and respectable people into drunken buffoons who think the world owes them a living and throw temper tantrums in public whenever they don't get their own way.

I don't know if this country can be saved again, the way that Thatcher saved the UK once before. I do know that I won't be sticking around to find out.

Anonymous said...

I'm staying for the next four years, whilst I fleece enough money out of a research council to pay for my PhD.

Then I'm off to Canada.

Massive policy success, there...

The Remittance Man said...

Bugger me, they'll be telling us flares are back in fashion next. Still there is one small comfort: the seventies were followed by the eighties.

There's a reincarnated Maggie, decent defence spending, red braces and Porsches just around the corner everyone. What's more, it'll really upset Neil Harding.

number 6 said...

Remittance man,

Maggie had better be like Dr Who then and able to 'regenerate' a bit sharpish. Following on that vein of thought Cameron would be the Peter Davidson or Colin Baker of the chain - a fucking useless cunt that still lays claim to the title.