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Youth migration from the Philippines: Brain drain and brain waste

Published by: MDG Achievement Fund and UNICEF


This study examines the whether or not the high percentage of professionals among youth working abroad could be construed as a form of brain drain. It looks at the underlying sources of the high propensity of Filipinos to seek jobs overseas and why the number of deployed Filipino migrants keeps increasing every year.

Conclusions and recommendations include the need to reform the fragmented education system which results in many graduates seeking employment in occupations different from their preparation, the need to improve data collection systems, and the need to offer adequate information services and mediation to applicants for work overseas.

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SDGs Goal 1: No poverty Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
Thematic Area
Inclusive economic growth for poverty eradication
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