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"The Americans keep telling us how successful their system is. Then they remind us not to stray too far from our hotel at night." - An un-named EU trade representative quoted during international trade talks in Denver, Colorado, 1997.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Poaching nurses from developing countries might just be good for them!

Is recruiting skilled labour from developing countries detrimental to the economic growth of developing countries? Not according to Michael Clemens of the Centre of Global Development and David McKenzie in ‘Think Again’ published in the Foreign Policy Magazine.

They make a convincing economic argument that looks at the national gains arising from skilled labour emigration i.e. higher incomes for skilled labour and remittances sent home, as well as the creation of an incentive system that fills any skills gap left – not to mention repatriation in the long term.  


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