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Emigration, Brain Drain and Development: The Case of Sub-Saharan Africa
October 2005

Emigration, Brain Drain and Development: The Case of Sub-Saharan Africa

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Migration Policy Institute, East-West Books Helsinki

Author Arno Tanner finds that while emigration may be beneficial in some cases, unhindered high-skilled emigration, particularly in the case of sub-Saharan Africa, can have disastrous consequences. Dr. Tanner recommends specific policies where carefully targeted development measures could be used to mitigate the negative consequences of brain drain.

"Dr. Tanner tackles the brain drain from Sub-Saharan Africa, neither skirting the tough problems nor throwing up his hands in dismay. He combines a broad perspective with local history and the results will be of interest to policymakers, scholars and concerned individuals alike.”B. Lindsay Lowell, Director of Policy Studies, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University

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Table of Contents 


I. Emigration and Brain Drain in a Semantic, Substantive, and Logical Context

  1. Emigration, Brain Outflow, and Brain Drain
  2. Brain Outflow Is Increasingly Turning to Brain Drain
  3. Discussion

II. Brain Drain, Development, and Foreign Aid in Selected Sub-Saharan Countries

  1. African-International Labor Emigration
  2. Today’s Labor Emigration – Development links in Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia
  3. How Can Erratic Aid Considerations and Focuses Actually Sustain and Exacerbate Brain Drain from Africa?
  4. Finnish Development Aid in Future Alleviation and Prevention of Brain Drain

Conclusion 1: The Negative or Positive Scenario?
Conclusion 2: Some Key Solutions