Belgium is suffering from a ‘Brain Drain’

The National Bureau of Economic Research in the U.S. recently conducted a census of researchers in 16 countries, including Belgium, tracking the careers of 17,000 university graduates in science and technology.

The study concluded that, despite intense government efforts to attract foreign researchers to Belgium in recent years, the country is suffering from a ‘brain drain’ due, among other things, to the eagerness of institutions to see their graduates gain experience in the United States.

The result is that the country, according to the study, registers an outflow of 22 percent of its scientific researchers compared with an inflow of foreign scientists of only 18 percent – a negative net trend only shared in Europe by Italy and Spain.

And, in the case of Belgium, the ones that go to the States tend to stay there…

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