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Working Paper

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Ann Harrison


This paper examines the social effects of the Spanish brain drain, or the migration of skilled and educated Spanish professionals to other nations, primarily for employment opportunities. The main findings, reached through a series of open-ended interviews, include the overlooked positive aspects of participating in the brain drain. Although there are short-term losses associated with a brain drain, there are also long-term gains as professionals, along with their earnings and skills, return to the nation. In many situations, these gains have the power to outweigh the losses, offering the idea that a brain drain may not be as detrimental as it seems.


Spain, brain drain, unemployment, human capital, migration



Date Posted: 25 July 2016


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