Would you leave your country ?
By K.Rajib G.
October 2, 2009 8:10am CST
Hi all, Brain drain. This is not a new phenomenon. Most of the talented people are still leaving their own countries for better prospect and opportunity, and a good number of them settle in the country they have been there. The great benefit of brain drain goes to the US and some other European countries. The reason of this migration is obvious. After being educated in their own country they feel they are not being treated or paid for the work they are worth. But this is otherwise in those countries. They honor their worth and pay what they deserve. Why not our own Government sees the worth of those talented buds who could be great assets in building the nation? Since they are head over ear in corruption, they feel safe without these wizards and show no interest in acknowledging their worth and naturally they leave their own country. How do you look into this affair? Should these talents leave their country and work for other country for better opportunity? Or they should stay back and sacrifice their priced head for their developing country? Your opinion please. Love Rajib. 02.10.09
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2 Oct 09
Most of the reasons I read and posted on this thread are all true (i think). I just want to add one reason. Schools teaches us our our field of interest. And yet majority migrate and leave the country. But our schools forget to teach one important subject in class "patriotism and nationalism". This two virtue should be possessed by every student. Without this, the migration and leaving our own country is inevitable.
2 Oct 09
Now, everybody wants to better themselves in some shape or form in my country. Ironically, even though there are people that are abroad, they are not trying to get a better life, more like getting a higher education, that they cant achieve in my country and come back, all prepared, to excersize whatever they learned abroad... now I wont deny you that there have been several people from my country that have left, and build a name for themselves outside, all type of professionals and artist of the kind. An example is actor Ruben Blades. He worked in all type of films and has a very good political influence over here, he could have chosen to stay in the U.S. and continue pursuing his career but instead came back to better the panamanian system for all of us. I dont find anything wrong in you trying to have a better life, but it shouldnt be as to the price of leaving your homeland to go to a different place were it will not feel as home even if you are earning more, and living better. So, people that are away from their countries, no matter what their situation are quite brave for doing so, but, its more like an easy way out to the country´s situation. Ive had the opportunity to leave my country but chose not to. Theres no place like home, and indeed times are hard, but we are improving in educating people a bit more, learning more languages, and hopefully, we will thrive.
3 Oct 09
We also experienced that too in our country because of lack of opportunities or the salary is not enough to support their family here. Many Filipinos work abroad and even the country that they working is risky they willing to sacrifice to support their families.
2 Oct 09
We are living in a world where national boundaries are being torn down. International cooperation will play important roles in this development. That being said, migration for greener pastures will continue to happen. Third world specialists and technocrats will continue to move to the west just for economic reasons and opportunity to exercise their professions to the full extent. The home countries, though realizing their worth are not in the position to accomodate the overwhelming number of graduates and professionals at home due to economic reasons. The benefit is entirely not one sided because the revenues the home countries receive through remittances help boost the economy. As the economy improves more jobs at home are created. The host country is also helped by their expertise. Have a nice day.
• Guwahati, India
2 Oct 09
Hi manongs, Do you think it is legit to migrate to some other country for they have not been treated to their worth? The answer is no. Even if you were there you would look for a better prospect and those who have left their country are not to be blamed as they have their own priorities. Those who are serving in the other countries are getting more benefit than what they woulds get at home. The question is why our system does not restrict them to be there at home anbd serve for the country's benefit? The answer is all corruption.
• United States
2 Oct 09
I think that by leaving their country, they are endorsing the unfair practices that keep their fellows down. They should stay and change the way workers are treated! They should take care, though. In my country, the U.S., workers fought and won good treatment. They formed unions to ensure fair treatment and good wages. But the unions became corrupt and made it impossible to companies to make a fair profit. Things became too expensive for Americans to afford to buy, so companies began to outsource work to other countries to bring down the cost. Unions demanded more because of this, then more companies outsourced. Now we have almost no manufacturing and the unions are destroying businesses with their greed and corruption. So you see, people should stay and fight but keep vigilant to fight off greed and corruption. Don't end up like my country!
• Guwahati, India
2 Oct 09
Hi there, Yes this corruption is an aspect that force the Indians to go aboard and settle there. If you believe the best doctors in the US is an Indian. Why? The reason is the person who has opted to shift is forced by the situation as there he does not get the recognition not the sought after salary. But in the US he gets all those he was expecting to get. Here lies the the legit of migration and these Indians finally make their home there in your country only because India could not afford to settle them in the way the US has done.
2 Oct 09
Hi Krajib, I'll need to be brief so will just use the example of Doctors here. At whose expense do they gain their education from in India in the first place? At their own or at the expense of the taxpayer? Presuming the latter it is then unfair if they immediately take this education abroad to benefit another country, whilst at the same time the benefits of practicing abroad and then returning would be very useful to India too. A system of say a sabbatical period of working abroad could be useful if they then agree to practice for a certain number of years in the country which originally paid for their training. Doctors who have worked abroad would then return and bring higher standards back to the country after seeing such things as bribes not being the normal proceedure elsewhere. So maybe on signing up to study medicine in the first place they should sign something guaranteeing to give a certain amount of their time to the country which trained them. Here the Greek Doctors who have worked abroad are trusted more and much less open to corruption.
25 Oct 09
Hello my friend krajibg Ji, Well, for me there are no chances to migrate from my country. This is also applicable to my younger son, who served more tahn 10 yrs abroad and never had any desire to be citizen of any other country. Even, he called us in US for six months and I di not find anything, which is not available in our country. Apart from taht, their relations are like Robot. There is no such feeling as we Indians have in our country. The whole living is artificial. There is no charm there. Regarding corruption, it is everywhere. Even today, Kennedy's file for his murder is not closed. I will not dare to go any other country. May God bless You and have a great time.
16 Oct 09
Those talented people you’ve mention left the country because they are being practical. Here talented musician if they don’t have money they will not be popular unless there is a kind hearted person with money that will help them to make known. There are still, and some of them are in the entertainment line. Here in our country, for example the nurses, they leave the country for single reason, Money. Money can make their family survive living. Money cannot be found here in our country, Money here is always not enough. I don’t know what our governments plan on this, actually government too are encouraging them to go out of the country to find jobs there so that they will enter dollars in our country. The only important thing that my president is focusing in is the entering of dollars and the tourism . They are not facing the problem. The problem is we are lack of skilled workers and professionals because they leave the country because they believe their dreams will not achieved here. Our government don’t care about that. They don’t care for the success of my country, are not solving the problem but they are adding problems to it. Do you know a doctorate degree and some doctors here in my country, were enrolled on nursing class because nursing is much more in demand in France and Canada than doctors, that makes us lack of doctors here . Me, personally I prefer to stay in my country. There are many part time jobs here that will add to my not enough earnings from my regular job. The only thing I will not do is to have my dreams to achieved in near time because I think it will takes a gazillion times before it happen. But if I have opportunity of going outside the country I will do it just to earn big. Our government seems do not care for their people why care and stay for them.
11 Oct 09
You right, my friend. Your government in India, is the as the government here in the Philippines. That they will not see those talented people...where they are of great help for the country. This is due to government corruption. They are not look upon the progress of the country but the progress of their pocket...have a nice day!
9 Oct 09
the reason of ones leaveing their home country is the county system problem (corruption or underdevelopment) after read all these comments. acutually most county have their own problem, not just developing country but also developed county, maybe there no ideal country, all we can do is that you must do something for improving your country , otherwise do something for improving yourself (move to the country you want if you can)
5 Oct 09
i love my country and i never think to leave my country.i do know many indonesian leave this country because they didnt give chance to show their ability and the other country want to give them chance to develop their ability and knowledge. but i believe in that the best place is close with my parents or my friends
3 Oct 09
I would answer this very very frankly…given an opportunity, I would leave my country and settle in a better environment. I think the main problems which plague our country now are corruption and regressive politics. Merit is no longer the prime and deserving factor in India and you too know that. We are spending so much money on getting our kids education and all for what? So that when they grow up, they cant get a decent job either because there is the quota system or because we don’t have any connection or because we cant pay that much more money in donation!!! And even if my son manages to get a job in the public sector or if he becomes a doctor or professor, he can progress in his profession only by making good connections and not on his personal merit. We all know how very politicized the upper strata of public sector has become in India…in this scenario, if my son manages to go abroad, I would not want him to come back. And you would either have to fall in line or keep mum and look the other way…you remember what happened to Satyendra Dubey and the other person (I forget his name all the time)…both of them protested against the prevailing corruption to their seniors and both of them were bumped off! Would I teach my son then to look the other way or would I teach him to stand up and protest at the risk of his own life? Money is not everything…recognition of merit too goes a long way in boosting the morale of deserving candidates.
3 Oct 09
I can see and appreciate what you are saying but I guess I can see how people want to make the best lives for themselves and utilise their talents and be appreciated for it. I am the daughter of immigrants and although my father was not a professional man I can appreciate his reasons and the courage it took for him to uproot his family and come all the way from Italy to Australia and I am so thankful that he had the valour to make such a drastic move because had my parents not made that decision I would not have the life I have today. Having said that I can understand that things will not improve if talented people keep taking their gifts elsewhere but we cannot stop folks wanting the best life they can have.
3 Oct 09
Hi Rajib, From childhood I never liked this idea of going to some other country for a job. I had taken this as an insult to my country. So I thought of stayput till today. Later on in life when I realised that every one who loves their family would go to any extend of earning better for the welfare of their family and so nothing is bad in that. When there are lucrative offers overseas why not try out. After You earn enough you should return to your country and start something here on your own and provide better opportunities for others like Dhirubhai Ambani did. Remaining there for ever is really bad and gives a bad impression of you and your country.
3 Oct 09
[i]I hate myself if i leave my country forever.I hate those who did this.My country is my life.I wont leave, but many of my folks have left my country just because they dont earn much here and they feel my country is corrupted.But they have made it too, we all are responsible for the state our country is in.I want to be here and make the wrong heads turn right... Because i know my country is the best among all..[/i]
3 Oct 09
My boyfriend and I are planning to migrate to another country. He's a nurse. I think it's a good plan because if we just stay here nothing's gonna happen to us. But we don't plan to live in another country for the rest of our lives. We just want to save money so that when we go back to the Philippines we could live a comfortable life.
2 Oct 09
My country has been worse hit by this brain drain in professions like doctors, scientist, engineers etc...until the Government has been left with no choice but to seek foreign doctors to fill the void left by our own people. In the first place they seek government sponsors to go abroad for further studies but when they have qualified they continue to stay in the host country to work for them. Depriving our country of their much needed service to the people and nation. The ungrateful attitude of these professionals who refuse to come back to serve the country in favor of more lucrative offers are draining the government of experience and expertise to help in the nation building. It has been announced several times that the government is willing to have a round table talk with them to negotiate favorable terms in their favor and some have responded well to this call. I hope the professionals are patriotic to their country of origin and serve their country with full dedication.
2 Oct 09
We cannot stop them to achieve better live.Imigrant is one of the many ways to improve you live.But for me from patriotic aspect you looks like don't like your country anymore.It's o.k if you just imagrate for wider your experience and knowlege.After you get what you want you can contribute to your country.