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The Great African Talent Exodus


The brain drain from Africa to western countries in search of qualified job opportunities and high-level training is depleting the continent of its best talents. Despite being one of the lesser-known African problems, the brain drain contributes to the vicious spiral of underdevelopment and poverty. For this, it is no less serious than other dilemmas that plague Africa.

The brain drain from Africa to western countries in search of qualified job opportunities and high-level training is depleting the continent of its best talents. Despite being one of the lesser-known African problems, the brain drain contributes to the vicious spiral of underdevelopment and poverty. For this, it is no less serious than other dilemmas that plague Africa.

The extent of the phenomenon is set out in the Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015 of the World Economic Forum (WEF). Important to note, that the experts of the International Foundation indicate that the African country with the highest rate of brain drain is Burundi, plunged into a political and economic crisis, triggered ten months ago by the re-election of President Pierre Nkurunziza, who has already resulted in about 500 victims.
It is clear that the African nation is paying the price of a tiny intellectual class capable of making capable its voices heard during crises and conflict.
The problem, however, is not only in Burundi but also involves Algeria, Mauritania, Chad and Guinea, appearing in the last places on the list compiled by the WEF, which highlights the almost total lack of meritocracy of these countries in assigning a job.

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