How economic struggles force Brazil’s brain drain

Brazil is struggling to attract and hold on to its promising talents, with poor unemployment prospects pushing professionals to leave the country

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The most devastating effects of the economic crisis in Brazil were felt on the country’s job market, which remains with an unemployment rate of 12 percent, according to a recent study from the International Labor Organization—this in spite of 11 consecutive quarters of positive economic growth. Beyond the obvious consequences of increasing poverty and inequality, the lack of opportunities for young people creates a deep impact on the country’s future, as promising talents flee the country (in what is known as “brain drain”), seeking a better life and career prospects. 

Of 132 countries, Brazil ranks 80th in its ability to...

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