Brain Drain

Letters to the Editor, February 12, 2013

Airport expansion plans raise questions. Photo: David Wong

Religion is probably not the first thing that comes to mind for most people when thinking of Hong Kong. But for the three of us, as leaders in our respective religious communities, religion defines Hong Kong.

Tuesday, 12 February, 2013, 2:45am

Brain drain should send message to China's leaders

New Communist Party chief Xi Jinping has made promises to fight corruption, uphold the rule of law and rein in abuses of power. Photo: Xinhua

A former New Zealand prime minister once laughed off emigration of his young compatriots to Australia as an IQ boost for both countries. But a brain drain is no joke. Few developing countries can afford it. It may be argued that China is one that can at this stage of its development because a population of more than 1.3 billion provides a bottomless pool of talent.

6 Jan 2013 - 2:51am

Exodus of China's rich and skilled for better lives

Harry's view

More than 150,000 mainlanders obtained overseas citizenship last year, making China the world's biggest source of immigrants, a report released this week says.

19 Dec 2012 - 7:18am 6 comments

China's rich and skilled leave in record numbers

San Francisco, California, is a popular destination for Chinese emigrants. Photo: SCMP Picture.

More than 150,000 Chinese became permanent citizens in major immigrant countries including the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand last year, topping the world’s list of overseas migration in absolute numbers, a recent report revealed.

18 Dec 2012 - 7:16pm 5 comments

Brain drain

Do you think that incentives offered to doctors at public hospitals, including fast-track promotions and extra cash for emergency ward duty, will slow their exodus to the private sector?

14 Aug 2012 - 1:31am

Opportunity knocks

China's rapid growth, coupled with stagnant Western economies, has created an increasing level of reverse migration. The trend poses opportunities and challenges for migrants and the companies that hire them to leverage their skills acquired abroad.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

HK to feel effects of 'intense talent war'

Hong Kong is likely to suffer a brain drain of its top professionals this year, losing them to the mainland and Macau as both continue to develop at accelerated rates.

'Some employers are aware of this and are working on different retention programmes,' said Mak Ping-on, HR Leader at GE Money Asia. 'The brain drain will start this year and it will build up in 2009.'

21 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Brain drain

Local workers can expect average pay rises of 4 per cent next year, according to a survey. Is this a fair increase, or could some firms find it difficult to retain talented members of staff? Write to us.

5 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Dollar blues

Big rises in the value of their home currencies are adversely affecting the salaries of some expatriates. Is this currency gap going to lead to a brain drain of expatriates? Write to us.

7 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Colonial powers' mind gains

A new colonialism has emerged in this age of knowledge economies. Developing countries are being plundered not for their raw materials but for their brains.

9 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Brain drain

Shanghai has been attracting highly skilled workers from Hong Kong since the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement took effect in 2003. What can we do to retain our talent? Write to us

9 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Rhetoric not enough to halt brain drain

For the past three decades, the Chinese diaspora has been swollen by mainlanders who have gone overseas to study and abandoned their intention to return home afterwards. Since the mainland began opening up in 1978, as many as 1 million mainlanders are estimated to have left for study overseas.

31 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Brain drain with a silver lining

A brain drain was much talked about in Hong Kong in the 1990s. Our best and brightest worried that life after reconnection with the motherland on July 1, 1997, might not be all that rosy. So they decamped in droves to new pastures, sparking fears among officialdom that with them would go our competitive edge.

16 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Silver lining to the brain-drain cloud

What is called the brain drain need no longer be a matter of acute concern for developing countries. That is implicit in the statistics of increasing remittances compiled by Britain's Department for International Development and several world agencies.

1 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Social sciences hit hard by brain drain

Only 4pc of elite academy's students who go overseas return after graduating

Only 4 per cent of academics from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences who have gone abroad to study have returned to the mainland after graduation, Xinhua reported yesterday.

5 Mar 2004 - 12:00am