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7.9% of educated Italians live abroad, OECD study shows

Brain drain afflicts mostly Africa, South America, the Caribbean

30 September, 17:59
7.9% of educated Italians live abroad, OECD study shows (ANSA) - Paris, September 30 - At least 7.9% of university-educated Italians, equal to 400,000 people, live and work abroad, according to a migration study by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released Monday.

Of this brain drain, 6.5% or 173,000 are women, according to the study based on 2011 data.

Worldwide, the number of highly educated migrants to OECD countries has risen by 70% over the past decade, reaching 27 million people in 2011. Countries with the most brain drain lie in Africa, South America, and the Caribbean, with the island of Haiti losing 73.6% of its university-educated people, the study showed.

In Europe, the countries most afflicted by brain drain are Albania (26.7%), Romania (18.4%) and Ireland (17.4%).

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