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Media reports, including a report on the BBC, cited new data compiled by CGD research fellow Michael Clemens to argue that the so-called "brain drain" of nurses and doctors from Africa to rich countries is contributing to poor health in sub-Saharan Africa. Several blogs have taken a similar view on the detrimental effects of health professional emigration on sending countries. However, Michael's own findings are contrary to these reports. He has his say on the Views from the Center in: Media Reports on African 'Brain Drain' Misunderstand My Research.

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