English really is the language for the global highly-skilled worker—especially if she’s a woman

Lack of opportunities to educated women in developing countries contributes to brain drain from developing economies.


The World Bank is bullish on immigration in a way that many politicians aren’t right now: Where populist fears may animate the elected, the technocrats see immigration as low-hanging fruit to grow the world economy. In a new survey of migration data up until the year 2000, they find benefits for migrants, host countries and home countries in allowing more labor mobility.

While the global population of migrants has held steady at about 3% of all people, the biggest trend since 1960 is the growth of migration from poor countries to wealthy countries. When it comes to college-educated migrants, a full 65% of them go to one of the English-speaking countries in pink above—the United Kingdom and its former colonies Canada, the United States and Australia. When data from 2000 to the present day come out (it takes a long time to process and compare data from 67 countries), it…

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