Thursday, April 20, 2006

This is a map of the world where...

This is a map of the world where each countries size is represented by the number of emigrants that leave that country. The World Bank has released a major report on the effects of migration on developing economies.
It seems emigrants originating from quickly developing countries like India, Mexico and the Philippines send such significant amounts of money home that they considerably effect growth and investment in their original countries. Mexico and India are particularly easy to find on the map above. However remittances from those that leave underdeveloped countries do not come close to adequately compensating their home countries for their ‘Brain Drain’.

Apparently there are more Malawian doctors in Manchester, than there are in Malawi and Malawi has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world. Similarly 47% of Ghana’s highly skilled workers live in the 30 OECD countries.
The Ford Foundation largest ever program, a USD 280 million investment with a recent additional USD 75 million, the International Fellowships Program is trying to redress this problem and is worth checking out.


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