Fleeing everywhere…where are they all going?

Labour accuses National of causing a brain drain, national does the same in opposition. Our politicians complain that people are leaving for Australia and in Australia their politicians complain they are coming here.

In the UK it is not different…now they are moaning about a brain drain from the UK…but where are they all going?

Millions of people have emigrated from the UK over the last 10 years, most of whom seek to find a job in a more favorable economic climate. Graduate immigration is on the up as well in what’s been dubbed as the ‘talent drain’ by the British press.

According to statistics accumulated by the Office of National Statistics in the UK, over 3.5 million people have fled the country in the last decade. 

The number has increased sharply over the past decade, going from 363,000 a year to a peak of 427,000 in 2008. However, during the past four years statistics have plateaued again, averaging off at 350,000 a year.

The principle motivation for leaving the UK is the search for a job, with 89 per cent of long-term immigrants being of working age, says the UK Home Office.

Or is it possible that this is all just a media and politicians beat up for kids seeking to explore the world?

After all we have constantly sought affordable air travel for all and now it is here is it any surprise that people bog off?

Why is it that politicians always want us to stay put?


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  • BR

    They aren’t going anywhere. They are dying or retiring. The graduates of the left-dominated education systems in the UK and here are simply too stupid to replace them.


    • Mr_Blobby

      Our professional lifestyle students would be more useful if they got a job and learned something about real life and not just theory. The problem is they would then be paid what they are worth, less than the dole.

  • toby_toby

    Here’s why New Zealanders go overseas to live: foreign women are better looking than ours. They come over here, snap up non-metrosexual Kiwi blokes and then take them back home.

    Want to stop the brain drain? Women: sort yourselves out.

    • Travis Poulson

      Are you feeling well toby?

    • Cadwallader

      Don’t you mean a “penis drain?”

    • Mr_V4

      Are you submitting Darien Fenton into evidence?

    • Ronnie Chow

      How does that explain Maori preferring Australia …

      • toby_toby

        Oh yeah, that’s right – there’s another reason! MONEY! Forgot about that one.

        So here’s what we do: eugenics programme to sort out the birds and we deal with the money issue by increasing the minimum wage to $22 an hour and everyone will earn at least $45k and there will be no more poverty OR brain drain! TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE! I cannot think of any negative knock-on effects whatsoever.

      • Mr_Blobby

        Any Maori worth anything and tired of being tarred with the grievance industry brush, will move for better income and employment prospects. Unfortunately the rubbish remains and those,feral scum, that do leave, return. Is it any surprise that nobody else wants our rubbish. We should do the same.

    • Mr_Blobby

      Your right but Money is also a factor. Still a good argument, foreign women are better looking and have less of the attitude that women, from any race, get when they a brought up in NZ.

    • Lion_ess

      Let’s get this right .. you blame NZ women for not being as good-looking as foreign women, who in turn come here and take the blokey-blokes back to their own countries and this is the cause/effect of the brain drain problem?

      Clearly you are still here, so I presume you are a metrosexual who wasn’t snapped up by a foreign gal? And, the New Zealand women need to sort themselves out and become better looking so as they can attract the blokey-blokes who will then not travel?

      Holy christ – they’re some pretty wild (I mean “wild” in a prehistoric way) ideas.

      • toby_toby

        The idea is for the blokes not to travel, is it not?

  • Gulag

    In the brain drain number are a lot of people from British commonwealth countries returning after a long stay in the UK. Don’t worry, there are still a lot of brains in the UK.