Goodbye, Sceptred Isle

A quote from The Daily Telegraph, 21 February 2008

Britain is experiencing the worst "brain drain" of any country as highly qualified professionals settle abroad, an authoritative international study showed yesterday. […] There are now 3.247 million British-born people living abroad, of whom more than 1.1 million are highly-skilled university graduates, […] according to the study by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

No other nation is losing so many qualified people, it points out. Britain has now lost more than one in 10 of its most skilled citizens, while overall only Mexico has had more people emigrate. […] Britain's exodus is far higher than any of the OECD's other 29 members. Germany has lost only 860,000 highly-skilled workers, America 410,000 and France 370,000. […]

Figures from the Office for National Statistics last year, suggested that 207,000 Britons - one every three minutes - left in 2006. The emigration rate is at its highest since just after the Second World War.

Not so, Dr. D

It's not true that the US receives the most ignorant and least capable citizens of Mexico.  This group isn't capable of marshaling the resources, or doing the planning necessary to enter the US illegally.  And since the most educated, capable Mexicans are as white as any European, it's also the case that the US doesn't receive the most capable either.  The US receives that large group in the middle, the blue collar working-class Mexicans.  But it is true that if the US wasn't serving as a safety valve the corrupt Mexican system would explode in a revolution.  Vive la Revolucion!

Death of Europe

This data isn't new; the idea that skilled professionals have been fleeing Europe is one of the pillars of the argument that Europe won't be able to stem its steep decline and will go quietly into the Muslim night. Books like Steyn's America Alone make a similar point. There've been articles on this phenomena for awhile; it used to be they'd emigrate to other countries in the Anglosphere, but now Asia is attracting a good number as well.

Here's an article from a year back in the NY Times on the 'agonizing' brain drain in Germany:


Dr.D,  Mexico gets with their unemployed sent across the US border a big plus because they get a pass on the revolution the greedy elites so well deserve. The Revolution gets postponed as it does for Muslim countries and their ruling elite. Absorbing the misery of Mexico in the US gives their elitist slobs a break, same in Europe with the absorption of unskilled  Muslim masses.


They win, we lose, thanks to the lame leftist's misplaced sense of guilt and stupidity in the realm of realpolitiks .

Net streams?

 Very nice, but where are those people? Half of the story is missing; someone leaves and supposedly arrives somewhere and does not turn into neutrinos.


Great Britain 3.247 million

Germany 860,000

America 410,000

France 370,000



So, some surely vent to USA, others to France, some to Great Britain, ... Thailand? Where are they? Without the other half  we know essentially nothing. What are the net values?

-- Raymond

Does the formatting work on this website? Why do I have to add empty lines, even if I see HTML markup when I edit an entry?

Not like mexico

In the case of mexico, the loss of people is an advantage because their people are mostly ignorant and a drag on the economy. This is the opposite of Great Britain which, until recently, had a well educated population that was highly productive. They have chosen to replace them with an uneducated, unproductive, izlamic radical population that will live mostly at public expense. Just how this is a net gain for the country is hard to see, but it seems to be public policy none the less. What a shame!