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Most foreign nationals who earn STEM PhDs in the United States remain in the country many years after graduating, with the highest numbers among Chinese and Indian graduates, according to a report released this week from American policy think tank, the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET). Roughly 77 per cent of …

  1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "Recent research by a Chinese university that reached similar conclusions was quietly taken down"

    That is a mistake. It's not because you are a dictorship that you can afford the luxury of blinding yourself to reality.

    That's how revolutions happen.

  2. LDS Silver badge

    "the CSET study confirms the opposite is true"

    Staying in the US doesn't mean you're not still working for the Party too... anyway, people from China and India have strong incentives not to return home - even if they think the West World is so baaaaaaad.

    1. Paul Crawford Silver badge

      Re: "the CSET study confirms the opposite is true"

      I suspect many come over thinking the west is bad and a cesspit of moral decay as they get told at home, then find that things are actually not too bad here when all is said and done, moral decay is available for a small rental fee if desired, and there is a whole world of news and history outside of the great firewall.

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Re: "the CSET study confirms the opposite is true"

        Perhaps our home secretary could advise the Americans how to create a hostile environment to discourage them from staying ?

    2. werdsmith Silver badge

      Re: "the CSET study confirms the opposite is true"

      They stay long enough to gather useful secrets.

  3. Danny 2 Silver badge


    Economic immigration favours the talented, the skilled,the useful, and of course that is a deficit on the nations who trained them, invested in them and need them. I oppose the NHS taking doctors and nurses from developing nations.

    However a recent El Reg article alerted me to the fact that there are 26 million plus in China. To put that in context, that is more than Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland combined. Surely they could spare a few doctors?

  4. Anonymous Coward
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    Brain not drained

    Many developing countries face severe economic disadvantages that prevent the citizens from exploring their full potential for an equal value in earnings and status. And injustices back home cause many of them to abandon their country of origin in favour of their adopted nationalities.

    So I would say most immigrants are aware and fedup of the crappy lives back home. Hence the so called drain. It is a complex and nuanced issue with layers of complications and sensitive issues.

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