Time to rethink borders

October 28, 2010 · 2 comments

Every year, over 10,000 graduates leave the United States. They go back to their home countries, taking the knowledge with them. At home, they invent new products, services and technology. This adds great value to their home countries. Sadly, this also removes great value from America.

Instead of giving green cards to these graduates – mostly young and talented – America sends them home, loosing opportunities it created itself. India and China, the largest recipients of these graduates, become the largest beneficiaries. Which is great, but why would you want to remove top-tier knowledge from your own country in favor of another, when knowledge is responsible for most of the world’s wealth today?

Isn’t it time to rethink borders? Qualified labor should not face border restrictions, in fact – they should be encouraged to stay wherever they go.

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