Britain facing major brain drain, says MP

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 23, 2013 16:40 hrs

London, Jan 23 (IANS) Britain is faced with a rising exodus of its brightest minds who are leaving the country to work abroad, latest statistics have revealed and showed that a whopping number of individuals left over the last decade.

As many as 3,599,000 people permanently left Britain between 2001 and 2011, of whom 1,963,000 were aged between 25 and 44, Daily Mail reported. The figures were obtained by Nick de Bois, a Conservative MP, from the Office of National Statistics.

According to De Bois, who is also secretary of the 1922 Committee of back-bench MPs, a forum for MPs to connect with the leadership and viewed as a barometer of party opinion, the "brain drain" of Britain's educated would have a disastrous impact on the British economy.

"I have always felt the debate on immigration is ignoring the talented who are living in this country. The debate is often around the net immigration totals. But lost in the debate is the enormous damage being done to our economy by migration from the UK," he said.

"Questions have to be asked as to why, even in a truly global economy where labour markets are relatively open, we here in the UK cannot hold onto our own home-grown, home-educated talent."

It is estimated about 986 people left Britain every day in last decade.

Research shows most people emigrating were graduates going to work for pharmaceutical, aerospace and engineering companies abroad.

De Bois called for a change of culture in Britain where competitiveness and success were valued and personal achievement and personal wealth were respected.

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