brain drain


Definition of brain drain

: the departure of educated or professional people from one country, economic sector, or field for another usually for better pay or living conditions

Examples of brain drain in a Sentence

Nothing has been done to stop the brain drain as more and more doctors move away from the area.
Recent Examples on the Web To develop such systems, Bayraktar will need to retain programming talent, but Erdoğan’s regime is struggling against brain drain. The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 The brain drain is likely to continue, with current employees worried about Twitter rescinding job offers to applicants and the impact that’s likely to have on who applies in the future. Wired, 12 July 2022 Russian state oil giant Rosneft Oil Co. is losing several senior executives and board members, a brain drain that stands to weaken a prime driver of the country’s economy while Moscow wages war on Ukraine. James Freeman, WSJ, 20 May 2022 Reynolds, a research analyst for land warfare at RUSI, said Russia’s technical demise in recent decades, partly sparked by a large post-Soviet brain drain, has forced it to use Western chips. Jeanne Whalen, Washington Post, 15 June 2022 The lack of progress may lead to a brain drain as workers choose areas that are more tolerant, according to a new business climate ranking given exclusively to USA TODAY. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, 1 June 2022 This brain drain echoes multiple prior periods in the Russian people’s troubled history. Alyona Minkovski, The New Republic, 28 Apr. 2022 The war against Ukraine has triggered a brain drain of professional workers from Russia. Jean Eaglesham, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2022 Of the three countries, only Ukraine has the potential to join those nations for which a brain drain becomes, surprisingly enough, an economic boon. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of brain drain

1960, in the meaning defined above

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15 Aug 2022

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“Brain drain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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