If you live in a developing country, then surely you have noticed how eager your countrymen are to leave their homeland, in search of lands more economically prosperous. People from a cross section of society leave third world countries to find work and what is commonly referred to as a "better life" in the developed part of the world.
On one hand you find those who have little resources and frustrated at being unable to expand them migrating to developed countries even as labourers, because they believe that the quality of life in such a country would compensate for a lack of social status. And of course, the professionals, or the academically highly qualified group of people, like doctors, lawyers and engineers, who migrate to technologically developed nations, in quest of higher wages, more recognition and scope for development in their specific fields. Researchers estimate that some 100,000 professionals migrate to industrialized countries from the third world each year.
This situation is in fact intensely ironic, since the third world is the very part of the world that suffers worst from a lack of professionals like doctors and teachers, and this "brain drain" only heightens the already existent problem.
As a young person living in the south, are you constantly wishing more opportunities for employment and learning came your way? Would you rather live in the developed part of the world, and why? This month on Mandate the Future we examine the causes and effects of this type of migration, and we invite you to participate in the discussions, with stories of your own experience.
tell us your stories!