IZA World of Labor – Thousands of scientists emigrate from African countries every year


In the face of persistent barriers, thousands of young African scientists are leaving their countries in search for employment opportunities elsewhere.


Approximately 20,000 highly educated professionals leave Africa every year, citing “push” factors more than “pull” factors as reasons why. Up to 30% of this number are scientists who leave to find higher pay, better opportunities, and a more conducive research environment.


IZA author, Govert E. Bijwaard, writes about the impact that the emigration of highly skilled workers can have on the home countries: “Development economists have emphasized that migration from developing countries to developed countries may lead to a flight of highly skilled…

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