IMMIGRATION AND THE BRAIN GAIN IN THE UK

According to the data from European Forum Alpbach, 276,124 EU citizens have applied since 2003 to go to another member state to work on a permanent basis with their profession.

The countries experiencing the most brain drain have been Poland (33,207 professionals), Germany (29,670), Romania (26,496), Greece (22,260) and the UK (21,519).

At the same time, the UK has been the country with the most brain gain as well: 76,956 professionals moved to the UK after obtaining their qualification in another EU country, followed by Germany (38,343), Belgium (22,835), Cyprus (22,834) and Austria (19,625).

The most mobile brains within the EU since 2003:

1. Secondary school teacher 54,040
2. Doctor of medicine 47,998
3. Nurse 39,773
4. Physiotherapist 12,529
5. Dental practitioner 8,907

This is a fascinating piece of research which shows the importance of immigration to the professional UK labour force. It also raises the question why the UK isn't training the numbers of teachers, doctors and nurses our economy needs.


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