Brain-drain meaning

The definition of brain drain refers to a situation where all or the majority of intelligent, skilled or capable resources within a given field or geographic region leave the area because of various factors including lack of high paying jobs.

An example of brain drain is when almost all people who are highly educated but who live in a third-world country find jobs in the US and leave their home country.

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The migration of educated or talented people from less economically advanced areas to more economically advanced areas, especially to large cities or richer countries.
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The loss of skilled intellectual and technical labor through the movement of such labor to more favorable geographic, economic, or professional environments.
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The departure from a country, industry, etc. of a large number of educated or experienced people who have better career opportunities elsewhere.
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Origin of brain-drain

  • Spokesmen for the Royal Society of London first coined the expression “brain drain” to describe the outflow of scientists and technologists to the United States and Canada in the early 1950s.

    From Wiktionary