Yeesh, I’m just about sick of Brit news at this point, but I thought I’d stick this one out here anyways: Britain is suffering the worst brain drain of the world’s industrialized nations (to be followed with a really dramatic and ominous dun-dun-duuuunnnn noise).

cute little travelling brain

From that nifty Guardian blog, Minority Report, comes the news that the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has just released a study showing that:

  • Record numbers of Britons are leaving, in the biggest exodus for almost 50 years.
  • 3.247 million British-born people living abroad, of whom more than 1.1 million are highly-skilled.
  • More than 3/4 of those have been out of the U.K. for 10 years or more.
  • Britain’s lost 1 in 10 of it’s skilled citizens.
  • 60% of those abroad are working, many hundreds of thousands are retired.
  • Germany has lost only 860,000 highly-skilled workers, America 410,000 and France 370,000.

Where are these Brits going? Mostly English speaking countries, but also vacation destinations like France and, of course, to their little (and by little I mean giant) colonies in Spain.

Why do they go? Well, that was not the province of the study but speculation is, and I’d be inclined to say this is likely from what I’ve heard from my British friends – high cost of living and shitty weather. Who wants to pay that much for booze to drown your sorrows as you watch rain drip down the windowpane?* Not British professionals it seems.

But hey, it’s not all bad, some other folks are willing to put up with endless expanses of gray, says a migration expert to the Daily Mail:

Britain has been lucky – although it has lost substantial numbers of people, it has attracted more than a million skilled immigrants to replace them. If they stop coming then that would be a problem.

A problem indeed. Don’t tell that to the anti-immigrant folks though, they’ll still find a reason to turn this into the motivation for a tirade. Check a couple comments on that blog post:

Having a plentiful supply of qualified immigrants forces down the price of hiring qualified labour (e.g. Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Plumbers, Builders), and also means that employers no longer have to pay to train their workforce, as they can instead hire employees who were trained abroad (the influx of Polish plumbers is a prime example of this).

Chicken-egg-ish isn’t it? Do the immigrant professionals drive out the native ones? Or are they filling a hole left by those who simply decided to leave to work on their tans in cheaper countries? I’m pretty sure the Brit-colonies in Spain predate the Polish plumber invasion, but that’s only one minor point in the discussion.

Think about it REDUCING the Population (British women have 1.8 children which is just below replacement levels) would reduce Pollution/emmissions, road congestion housing shortages, NHS and welfare strain, crime, prison overcrowding. We have been lied to about the need for Immigration, we are being wiped out, what was it former British Communists Jack Straw said…’the British are not worth saving as a race’. 6 Million Abortions to date, think about it people, Isnt Dawn Primorolo even now pushing to have British Schoolgirls sterilised.

Uhhhh, whhaaa…..ummmmm. Nope. I don’t even know what’s being attacked here – too incoherent to pick apart and respond to. I mean, what? You’re being “wiped out” because your professionals want more money and sunshine? And that’s the arriving immigrants’ fault because….? Nope. Don’t get it.

Oh and on that note (of the threat to the British “race”), the best comment of the lot:

Now, who benefits from race-replacement?]

1) The migrants, obviously, who leave the crappy and probably corrupt bit of Planet Earth they have thusfar created in this life.

2) Businessmen who like to force down labour costs, and who otherwise would have to face the upsetting consequences of the introduction of the pill in 1963.

3) The political left which likes the idea of a new and endless voter base.

4) Jewry in diaspore, which thinks it must cosmopolitanise the host to survive, and happens to be jam-packed with intellectual talent to argue to that end.

5) And the last shall be first … the international power elite which runs the OECD, and which long ago concluded that the bond between people and land in Europe must be broken. [like, 8 sics in the above btw.]

OMG! I can’t believe he actually played the “Jews as worldwide parasites” card!

But about point numero uno there: ummm, a lot of the crappy and corrupt bits of earth out there are like that because of the direct meddling, economic strangling and resource raping by first world countries. The people leaving most certainly did not “create” them that way, any more that I am responsible for “creating” a country that would elect a moron like George W. Bush.

And secondly, how funny that he should pick up on the fact that other people are leaving crappy little bits of the planet, and ignore the fact that over 3 million of his countrymen have also chosen to leave what they have obviously found to be a “crappy” little bit of an island. I would like to see an equally angry tirade directed against his countrymen, at the very least, for consistency’s sake.
*Just for the record, despite the long and drawn out lists of complaints about their home from the many Brits I know here (weather, money and booze-soaked neanderthals are just the beginning) I really like the place, and would probably try to live there for a while if they’d let me in. Though, maybe just for the summer.