Brain Drain

A slang term for a significant emigration of educated or talented individuals. A brain drain can result from turmoil within a nation, from there being better professional opportunities in other countries or from people seeking a better standard of living.

Brain drains cause countries to lose valuable professionals. The term is usually used to describe the departure of doctors, scientists, engineers or financial professionals. When these people leave, their country is harmed in two ways. First, expertise is lost with each emigrant, diminishing the supply of that profession. Second, the country's economy is harmed as each professional represents surplus spending units. Professionals often earn large salaries, so their departure removes significant consumer spending from the country.


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  • Brain-Drain — Brain|drain, Brain Drain [ breɪndreɪn ], der od. das; s [engl. brain drain, aus: brain = Gehirn u. drain = Abfluss(rohr)]: Abwanderung von Wissenschaftler[inne]n u. a. hoch qualifizierten Arbeitskräften ins Ausland, wodurch dem Abwanderungsland… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • brain drain — ˈbrain drain noun [uncountable] the movement of highly skilled or professional people from their own country to another country where they can earn more money : • Many of the country s top scientists have joined the brain drain to the US. * * *… …   Financial and business terms

  • Brain Drain — may refer to:*Brain drain, an emigration term * Brain Drain (album), a Ramones album *Brain Drain (comics), a Marvel Comics character *Brain Drain (Charmed episode), an episode of the WB television series Charmed …   Wikipedia

  • Brain Drain — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Brain Drain Álbum de Ramones Publicación mayo de 1989 Grabación diciembre de 198 …   Wikipedia Español

  • brain-drain — ● brain drain, brain drains nom masculin (anglais brain, cerveau, et drain, drainage) Synonyme de exode des cerveaux. ● brain drain, brain drains (synonymes) nom masculin (anglais brain, cerveau, et drain, drainage) Synonymes …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • brain´-drain´er — brain drain, Informal. a shortage of professional or skilled labor caused by the emigration of scientists, technicians, and craftsmen to more favorable labor markets: »Part of the problem…is that there is a “brain drain” from the farms into the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • brain drain — n the brain drain a movement of highly skilled or professional people from their own country to a country where they can earn more money …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • brain drain — When organisations or countries can pay higher salaries to attract talented people from poorer countries, there s a brain drain, a loss of talent …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • brain\ drain — [ brɛndrɛn ] n. m. • v. 1960; mot angl. amér. « drainage de cerveaux » ♦ Anglic. Recrutement à l étranger de cadres de valeur (ingénieurs, chercheurs...) au profit des États Unis (cf. Exode, fuite des cerveaux). Des brain drains …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • brain drain — [bʀɛndʀɛn] n. m. ÉTYM. V. 1960 1965; mot angl. des États Unis, « drainage de cerveaux ». ❖ ♦ Anglic. Recrutement à l étranger (drainage), au profit des États Unis, de cadres de valeur (ingénieurs, techniciens, chercheurs…) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • brain drain — brain ,drain noun singular INFORMAL a situation in which a country s most intelligent people, especially scientists, go to another country in order to make more money or to improve their living or working conditions …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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