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Title: Skilled migration and brain drain
Authors: Chand, Satish
Keywords: Immigrants -- Malta
Skilled labor -- Malta
Economic development -- Malta
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: University of Malta. Islands and Small States Institute
Citation: Chand, S. (2008). Skilled migration and brain drain. Occasional Papers on Islands and Small States, 2, 1-7
Abstract: This paper discusses the issue as to whether or not emigration depletes the stock of skilled workers in the country from which workers emigrate. Some proponents of the thesis that emigration leads to brain and skill drains argue that the country involved should not allow trained workers to emigrate. This paper argues that ‘trapping’ skilled workers is more than likely to be counter-productive, and concludes that if the emigration door is shut, the stock of skilled personnel is likely to fall in the source nations. The promise of jobs and higher income, particularly in a rapidly integrating global marketplace for skilled workers, provides individuals with the incentive to upgrade their skills, and this leads to investment in human capital in the source country. A ban on emigration of such workers will dissuade training in the skills and professions that are in demand globally.
ISSN: 10246282
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