The Voice of America, 12/20/2012 –
“Immigrants who once came to the United States for a better life are, in increasing numbers, taking their education and entrepreneurial spirit to places where there are more opportunities.
“A new report from the Kauffman Foundation…finds that the number of high-tech, immigrant-founded startups in the United States has stagnated and is on the verge of decline.
“The report blames this reverse brain drain on an unwelcoming immigration system. But there could be other reasons.
“…‘China is now becoming a more attractive destination for people who have studied in the U.S. or in the U.K., for example,’ [Madeleine Sumption, Senior Policy Analyst at Migration Policy Institute] said.
“In addition to the recent graduates, Sumption said experienced researchers are being enticed to seek their fortunes elsewhere.
“…‘We previously had a traditional model of people moving from developing countries to developed countries,’ said Sumption. ‘Now people have more options when deciding where to take their skills.’
“‘…[T]raditional destinations like the U.S….may have to start to compete a little harder for some of these immigrants if they’re really worried about losing them,’ [said Sumption].”
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