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terça-feira, 18 de abril de 2017

Recent EU enlargement led to brain drain in new members



Instead of increasing cross-border cooperation, the enlargement of the European Union has resulted in an exodus of human capital from the eastern member states to the west of the continent, according to a new study. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Romania and Bulgaria's accession did little to promote cross-border research, according to a new study.
[European Commission]

An article published in Science Advances focused on the 2004 enlargement of the EU, when the club increased from 15 to 25 countries.

“In principle, this enlargement increased the number of researchers that could, through various European programmes, collaborate with EU partners,” explained the University of California’s Alexander Petersen, during the presentation of the study on Wednesday (12 April).

But despite efforts, the so-called ‘big enlargement’ has not increased remote collaboration between researchers that were already EU-based with their newly-arrived counterparts.

On the contrary, integration of the new members was a one-way steet, with researchers relocating from the new EU nations to the established ones.
 
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