An article by Mario de Queiroz for IPS describing brain drain has one of the obstacles for development for the former Portuguese’s colonies in Africa and Asia (East Timor).  This is directly related with policies and education policies from  the developed North, linked to past colonial processes, rather than merely a problem originated by dynamics in  the developing South.  How do you think  globalisation processes today affect brain drain? And in which ways?

From IPS by Mario de Quieroz, Sep 28, 2007:

[….]Brain drain does not only affect the former Portuguese colonies, but is a problem throughout the developing South. The editor of the monthly magazine Africa 21, Joao Matos, describes it as “planetary apartheid.”

“Nicolas Sarkozy, a descendent of Hungarian migrants who has become president of France, one of the world’s oldest democracies, asked on a recent visit to Senegal if it could be considered normal that there are more doctors from Benin in France than in Benin itself,” said the Angolan writer who lives in Lisbon.

He said that Sarkozy commented on that occasion that “Africa needs its élites, because if they all end up in France one day, who will concern themselves with the development of Senegal?”

Sarkozy’s host, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, responded that he was not interested in students from his country receiving scholarships “only to have them fly off to France.”

According to Matos, the French president’s statements, which were reported in the global press, were “of doubtful sincerity.” He said he does not believe that “Sarkozy would make do without the doctors from Benin who are working in France: what he really doesn’t want are poor and indigent migrants, mostly from Africa.” […]

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