Monday, January 7, 2008

Where Is The Talent Going?

Here are some most gripping graphs that chart talent immigration and intellectual movement in the recent years.
I so much enjoyed this post by Richard over at Creative Classrooms, that I have to comment on it too.
Many of my friends are mobility-friendly. They are willing to relocate if the right position comes their way. The relocation could be in a differ city in the same country or a different country all together. That kind of move does not scare them. It is, after all, about the work, and if good work is to be had in Australia, then Australia it is.
'Would you move for a job all the way to, say, Canada?' I ask a good friend?
'Absolutely!' She says. 'If I can to pursue what I'm interested it, then yes, I would go.'

Richard summarizes:

1. There are an estimated 200 million global migrants world-wide, 3 percent of the world's population.

2. The USA has the largest number of immigrants, but not the largest percentage. Australia does, followed by Switzerland, Canada, Germany, then the USA, Sweden, Ireland, the UK and France.
Would you relocate for the right work opportunity?

Read full article on The Economist here.


Anonymous said...

Absolutely. And not because 'we live in a highly mobile society.' When people move, they don't do so because so many before them have. They do out of fundamentally financial and status-improving reasons.
So, for the right position I would move.
My set of criteria is pretty set though. I doubt I'd pack up and say 'si, ci vado' to a move in a different continent, though. However, I know other, more culturally and linguistically flexible individuals who would go.

B.R. said...

Yes, people don't move because moving is just a thing that people do....
Cui bono?
Mobility is necessary when people work in special areas. In that case, one goes where the 'trabajo' is.
I agree, though. Moving to a place where the culture and language are familiar to the subject is more feasible than say moving somewhere where one is utterly uninformed.

Anonymous said...

Well, a move to Australia is more feasible to me than a move to France. I already speak English, je suis desole! I'm opting for the English-speaking job. So, even though Australia is farther away, it's slower culturally and linguistically to SoCal!