The Brain Drain Phenomena

While the nation seeks to achieve the 35% skilled workforce target by 2020, it has lost some of its most talented human capital overseas. In 2010, there were an estimated 1.0 million Malaysian diaspora outside of Malaysia. The proportion of skilled diaspora, i.e. brain drain, accounts for 33.4% of the total diaspora. While a formal, more recent study on the subject is not available, based on linear extrapolation, the Malaysian diaspora has increased to 1.2 million in 2015, and 35.9% was accounted by brain drain. (The rate of brain drain is higher than the rate of total diaspora growth.)

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