Alien brains boost American economy

September 7, 2007

The US is experiencing a "brain gain", with more than 1 million skilled immigrant workers competing for 120,000 permanent US resident visas each year, a report from three US universities suggests. Researchers from Duke University, New York University and Harvard University say that foreign nationals living in the US contributed to more than a quarter of new inventions with patents filed last year. "Resident aliens" contributed to more than half of all the international patents filed by a number of large multinational companies, including Qualcomm, GE, Siemens USA and Cisco Systems. In addition, 41 per cent of patents filed by the US Government had foreign nationals as inventors or co-inventors, the report shows. The researchers say the loss of foreign-born inventors would be detrimental to the US's economic wellbeing.

Please login or register to read this article.

Register to continue

Get a month's unlimited access to THE content online. Just register and complete your career summary.

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Viewed

The University of Oxford is top in a list of the best universities in the UK, which includes institutions in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

26 September

Most Commented

Universities in most nations are now obliged to prioritise graduate career prospects, but how it should be approached depends on your view of the meaning of education. Academics need to think that through much more clearly, says Tom Cutterham


Featured jobs