The cost of lost tal­ent

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The par­lia­men­tary elec­tions in Por­tu­gal on Sun­day high­lighted a prob­lem that has also been tak­ing its toll on Greece in the last few years: Be­tween 2011 and 2014, al­most half a mil­lion Por­tuguese left their home­land in search of work. Of par­tic­u­lar con­cern is the fact that most of these peo­ple were un­der the age of 30 and many among them were sci­en­tists. In Greece, it is es­ti­mated that 20,281 sci­en­tists have em­i­grated since the start of the cri­sis five years ago out of a to­tal of 300,000 peo­ple seek­ing a bet­ter fu­ture else­where. While it is pos­i­tive that so many young peo­ple from cri­sis-bat­tered coun­tries have all the qual­i­fi­ca­tions to find work abroad, it would also be good if the coun­tries that are ben­e­fit­ing from their knowl­edge would also cal­cu­late what they owe to the coun­tries that in­vested in these sci­en­tists’ ed­u­ca­tions. The econ­omy, at the end of the day, is not just about money.

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