The hunt for talents in developing countries

The most industrialized countries in the world need to import computer scientists, mathematicians, physicists, biologists and engineers. In Germany, they have changed legislation to provide residence permits to 20,000 foreigners that are experts on computer science. The big centers of informational revolution in the United States -Seattle, Silicon Valley, New York and Washington- have opened their doors to foreign talents that substitute the deficit of domestic college students that are well prepared.
Many of those students of Asian or African origin had been formed in the United States and they were given special treatment to process their residence. But many others are being enlisted in their universities of origin, causing a true brain drain in countries that desperately need them for their incorporation into the new global and communication society. These efforts are based on scholarships offered by large corporations such as Microsoft, AOL, AT&T, Bell, Oracle or Yahoo, whose high technology demands a non-stop renovation in their ranks that many Chinese, Pakistanis, Indians, Philipinos, Koreans, Indonesians or Malaysians fill. There is no racial discrimination for these well-prepared youngsters.
Five-year permits are granted to squeeze to maximum capacity the innovation that tends to be produced between the twenties and the thirties. Those who integrate in the system are granted a permanent citizenship so that they develop those ideas that break people and emerging society’s youth.
France, Great Britain, Holland and Belgium attract university students that will fill the demographic landslide and the intellectual quality of their students in societies mined by consumerism.
Technological revolution produces a new world in which knowledge is not enough, but a new intellectual attitude that promotes innovation, sparks creativity and develops personal initiative is needed.
U.S. Administration has proposed an increase of 200,000 visas for qualified foreigners, the so-called H-1B for foreigners who have finished degrees related to science and technology.
It’s scandalous that developed countries pretend to help emerging countries in “development”, through the shipment of their surplus, which relate to the unbearable “foreign debt”, while they go hunting young talents that are indispensable for the inner growth of their countries.
Along with arms sales and the price imposition for their raw materials, the theft of their best-prepared youngsters obeys to the sacrosanct market laws. One should follow atheism before a religion that places the economy before human rights.

José Carlos Gª Fajardo
Translated by Carlos Miguélez

This article was published in the Center of Collaborations for Solidarity (CCS) on 05/03/2004