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Brain Drain
A slang term for a significant emigration of educated or talented individuals.
    
A brain drain can result from turmoil within a nation, from there being better professional opportunities in other countries or from people seeking a better standard of living. Also known as human capital flight, brain drain is a large emigration of individuals with technical skills or knowledge, normally due to conflict, lack of opportunity, political instability, or health Risk in their own country. A brain drain is usually regarded as an economic cost, since emigrants usually take with them the fraction of value of their training sponsored by the government.
    
Brain drains cause countries to lose valuable professionals. The term is usually used to describe the departure of doctors, scientists, engineers or financial professionals. When these people leave, their country is harmed in two ways. First, expertise is lost with each emigrant, diminishing the supply of that profession. Second, the country's economy is harmed as each professional represents surplus spending units. Professionals often earn large salaries, so their departure removes significant consumer spending from the country.

Brain drains are common amongst developing nations, particularly former colonies like much of Africa [2] or the island nations of the Caribbean.
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