Scientists leaving Mexico cause a “brain drain” for the country

Americas Now

Low salaries and lack of funding for research projects have members of Mexico’s science community departing the country. But a newly awakened government wants to bring them back.

The Mexican government is reporting that in the last 30 years more than a million Mexican scientists, researchers and intellectuals have left Mexico to find work in the United States and other countries.

The exodus has been referred to as an epic “brain drain.” Another 160,000 college graduate students have also left Mexico, with very few of them planning to return.

It’s led the Mexican government to commit itself to luring them back to their country. Mexico’s National Science Council has pledged to invest 30 million dollars to help relocate young Mexican doctoral students back to Mexico in the coming year.

Correspondent Mike Kirsch tells us more in his report.