The emigration of talented individuals or 'brain drain' is not a new phenomenon and has bemoaned the developing world since the immigration laws overhaul in the developed world since the mid-1960s. The loss of the 'best and the brightest' to the developed world has resulted from various push factors such as political instability, poor quality of life, limited access to health care, and a shortage of economic opportunity. Currently, the jargon on brain drain has taken on a new direction to include emigration from various developed countries as well with push factors such as financial crises, wars, and other political upheavals. In this lecture, current brain drain trends, brain gain opportunities, and the changes in global migration corridors will be discussed.
Anjali Sahay, Ph.D., is an educator, leader, author, researcher, and a performing artist working as Associate Professor and Program Director of Political Science in the School of Public Service and Global Affairs at Gannon University. She has more than two decades of successfully running the Model UN Programs at various universities. Originally from India, Dr. Sahay received her PhD. From Old Dominion University in International Studies in 2006 and holds additional masters in History and Business Administration. During the election year 2020, Dr. Sahay lent her expertise on election 2020 and on Vice President Kamala Harris in TIME Magazine, CNBC, Financial Times, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, and Erie Times News. Her book titled: Indian Diaspora in the United States: Brain Drain or Gain? is a groundbreaking work that intersects economic and political issues to the dimension of migration and the concerns over brain drain. Subsequently, she has various publications on the topic of Brain Drain and Brain Gain.