posted at 16:50
Author: Gregory Ferenstein
Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:00:09 +0000
LinkedIn data: Highly skilled immigrants are losing interest in America
The United States is quickly losing it's appeal to the world's most talented immigrants, according to a new study. Researchers at Stanford and the University of Washington culled a large dataset from LinkedIn and found that the the number of PhDs choosing the U.S. as their home base fell by nearly half. In contrast, migration to Asia has more than doubled in a decade, skyrocketing from 10 percent of overall highly skilled immigrants to 25 percent in 2012. Highly skilled immigrants have been an indispensable part of the tech industry's growth. According to researcher Vivek Wadhwa, roughly 25 percent of Silicon Valley companies had at least one foreign-born founder. Many of tech's top companies, from Google to Tesla, were founded by immigrants. To confirm their findings, they compared LinkedIn data to the U.S. census and found a high correlation. It's difficult to find global data on highly skilled immigrants in any existing dataset, so LinkedIn may be one of the best sources we have.

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