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Brain Drain

Letters to the Editor, February 12, 2013

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

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

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

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