“The most attractive countries for skilled migrants are Australia, USA, Dubai, Italy and England”

Australia, USA and England are the most attractive countries for skilled migrants whose migration to these countries is known as “Brain Drain” and it has become massive since the year 2000 by the lack of opportunities in their countries of origin for professional growth and the desire of these young professionals to study master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral studies.

The developed countries in the world have become recruiters of young qualified professionals who are discouraged by the lack of support they receive from their country of origin and, also, from the lack of opportunities and options they have, which is why they decide to migrate in order to be able to improve their economic status, live in better conditions and make possible the dream of having a better career prospect.

The most attractive countries for skilled migrants are Australia, USA, Dubai, Italy and England, who provide opportunities through work visas, scholarships for masters, doctoral and postdoctoral studies, as well as career options which, in most cases are accepted because they “do not have another choice”. The most profitable sectors for these skilled migrants are the health, production and computer areas.

This migration is now recognized worldwide by several specialists as “Brain Drain” and becomes a real curse that threatens the future of the country of origin of these lost talents, because its few resources devoted to education are usufruct by developed countries that, in the absence of skilled workers, decide to provide opportunities and not just for young professionals but even young people who, in the search of university studies, decide to migrate and, upon their graduation, they usually choose to stay in the country that once hosted them, for the professional and economic growth, which is unreachable in their country of origin (research laboratories equipped with advanced technology).

Unlike other countries, Australia has a clear policy of attracting skilled migrants and this provides extra incentives for those who, having high professional qualifications, could apply for a resident visa for inhabited areas, or for those under the age of 45 years and with the respective professional qualifications, to apply for permanent residence visas. The most needed professions in Australia are found within the SOL list and the professions in greatest demand are on the MODL list (Dentists, Nurses, Doctors, Engineers, Accountants and Architects).

Australia manages various categories of skilled emigration whose details are available for you to review them on the website of Australian Government property Additional information is available on the website of the Australian Embassy in your country. Remember that the proceedings have to be made directly to the Immigration Department offices in the city of Adelaide in Australia itself.

The United States is another destination country for skilled emigration and it has the H – 1B visa addressed to skilled migrants and it has duration from 3 years and a maximum of 6 years. With this visa professionals can study, live and work in the United States of America. But the U.S. is a destination also reached through scholarships provided by various foundations.

In the last years, this brain drain is occurring also in highly developed countries like Spain, which, having a high rate of unemployment, lower wages than most other developed countries and an economy with still great low-tech sectors, it offers opportunities to young professionals who are also forced to emigrate to the U.S.



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  1. Not too sure about England. My son lives in London now and just about scrapes along. The economy remains quite stagnant. It has its own brain drain. Europe in general doesn’t seem a very good prospect. 25% of young Spaniards are out of work! These are just my thoughts from comments I have heard from son and his friends living in Europe.

  2. THE EDITOR, Sir:

    Recently, Canada launched the Canada-CARICOM Trade, Not Aid Strategy, because developed countries like Canada want to build a new strategic partnership with the Caribbean based on trade and innovation and not aid.

    Furthermore, the European Commission has downgraded the growth projections for Europe this year. Because of economic contraction, Europe will become more inward-looking.

    Therefore, a differentiated approach is inevitable. This means that beyond 2014, aid to upper middle-income countries like Jamaica will be significantly reduced. However, Jamaica and other countries in the Caribbean should use this opportunity to forge a new partnership with Europe based on innovation and research and development.

    Innovative partnerships between countries are quite important in this age of ‘economic diplomacy’. Australia and Denmark are two examples.

    The Australia Trade Commission organised ‘The Australia-India Innovation Forums’ in New Delhi and Mumbai to promote Australia as a hub for innovation and research. There is also the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund, which gives Australian researchers the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge scientific research projects and workshops with Indian scientists. Grant funding for scientists is also provided.

    Based on a green alliance agreement with South Korea, Danish companies can apply to participate in South Korea’s research programme for green technology. Conversely, Denmark’s Ministry for Higher Education signed a memorandum of understanding on research, innovation and higher education in order to build a new partnership with South Korea. This agreement will pave the way for joint research projects and student exchange programmes.


    In addition, the ‘Build Jamaica, Buy Jamaica’ campaign is flawed. Jamaica should follow the advice of Ambassador Paola Amadei and invest in science and research in order to improve the quality of its products.

    A number of Jamaica companies have not met America’s Food Safety Modernisation Act standards. Therefore, we should not expect consumers to purchase substandard products because they were manufactured in Jamaica.

    ‘Build Jamaica, Buy Jamaica’ should be renamed ‘Improve Jamaica, Buy Jamaica’ instead. Jamaica and its Caribbean counterparts should embrace innovation and stop acting like children who refuse to grow up.

    Last, the Jamaica Employ Programme is not a success because businesses only create jobs when demand is high and investor confidence is strong. The purpose of business is to create a product or service with the intention of making a profit. Businesses do not create jobs to meet social objectives, because if workers do not add value, costs will increase.


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