May 30, 2005

The Brain Drain Goes On

An interesting report in La Razon on May 29 (yesterday) talks about the continued and increasing emmigration trend profoundly affecting Bolivia.

This article reports about another interesting survey carried out by Apoyo for the International Organization for Migration (OIM). The survey reports an astounding fact, that is 6 out of 10 Bolivians would voluntarily chose to leave Bolivia to emmigrate to another country in search for not just a better life, but for any kind of life.

The countries of choice are Spain, USA, Argentina and Brazil. One thing to that called my attention is that around three years ago, the first choice to emmigrate was USA. After 9/11 and the aftermath of stricter controls, USA dropped to second choice place. Ironically, 9/11 served to curve immigration to the States.