Brain Drain: when brains travel

Le 04/09/2019 dans "Society"
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It's an expression that now belongs to the common language. The brain drain or brain drain refers to the migratory flows of scientists, researchers and other highly qualified people in the professional setting. The latter seek in particular better working conditions or remuneration. While Silicom will have an antenna in Montreal in January 2020, zoom in on those people whose brains love to travel to the other side of the globe.

On January 1, 2020 will mark a milestone for Silicom.

It is indeed on this date that the French company will open an annex in Montreal . The company is becoming international and it is certainly not a coincidence that it chose Quebec.

For several years now, the Belle Province has continued to attract, especially the French. There are countless students left to pursue their studies across the Atlantic. More than Canada, North America generally acts as a magnet from a professional point of view.


Among the arguments advanced, there is the idea of a more attractive remuneration , significant opportunities for evolution or a better living environment .

France is particularly concerned by the brain drain . Admittedly, the Hexagon is a land of welcome for a large number of researchers but it is also, at the same time, a country that lets its brains go.

And this is not a recent phenomenon. Already in 2010, the Montaigne Institute was looking into the subject, publishing the study "Parties for good? Expatriates from French higher education in the United States ".

Between 2006 and 2011, the net flow of French expatriation, particularly graduates, doubled. And that does not seem ready to stop. Among the chosen destinations? North America , again and again.

When Southern countries try to turn the tide

In general, the brain drain always follows more or less the same trajectory. It starts from the South and goes to the countries of the North.

What about the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), which have developed particularly in recent years? Until now, these countries have been best known for being talent importers to North America or Europe.

However, for some time, the trend has tended to reverse.

From "talent exporters" to "talent importers", there is only one step, and the BRICS countries are teeming with ideas to bring home their talents. This includes rising wages, compared to what could be practiced a few years ago.

In 2019, few countries are not affected by the brain drain . Even France is no exception. To stop the brain drain , several solutions are put in place.

Among the latest important measures is the project of a hub dedicated to cybersecurity .


While many experts on the subject go abroad to work, especially in the United States, various techniques are put in place to "keep" these talents, as cyber attacks multiply.

Brain drain ? A phenomenon which, while developing, paradoxically tends to attenuation.

Antoine Le Fur

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