Andrés Solimano, an economist at Cepal, told a meeting of the Foreign Knowledge Networks for Employment and Development last month (27 April) that for every thousand Argentineans who emigrate to the
"This is part of a bigger study we are conducting at the Cepal, about international mobility of talents. We want to study the movement of qualified people around the globe, be they scientists, technicians, corporate executives, or artists," Solimano told SciDev.Net.
He added that Latin American countries spend a lot of money training scientists, but these end up leaving because of a lack of funding, jobs, or government interest in research. Their countries of origin are not seeing the benefits from their investment, he said.
According to Solimano, science policymakers need to put this issue on their agendas. This would help indigenous researchers in foreign countries link up with other scientists in their homeland, or even encourage them to come home.
"All countries have emigration; the key is to understand the relation between highly skilled labour and nationality. The number of science graduates continues to grow in [
Two years ago, the Secretary of Technology, Science and Innovation in
Read more about brain drain in SciDev.Net's brain drain dossier.