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The Migrant's Eye

— theme: Labour migration policy
— country: Malaysia
— type: Guidelines

An entry by Shaun Tan, one of the finalists in the World Bank 2011 Essay Competition, on the brain drain issue.

Shaun Tan
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‘Our young people represent the future of our country’. This phrase has been echoed by
almost every politician in almost every country in modern history. However the changes
instigated by the increasing ease of migration are such that not even this time-honored
cliché holds the weight it once did. Young people still represent the future, but it is the
future of whichever country they decide to settle in or impact, which may or may not be
their country of origin. As with most changes, there are new benefits and drawbacks, and
new winners and losers. Among the most pressing questions countries now face are how
to prevent their young people from migrating, and how far they should go in providing
for the migrants residing within their borders.

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