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    Posted December 10, 2012 by
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    A Possible Solution for “Reverse Brain Drain” Unemployment

    Have you heard of “Brain Drain” phenomenon?

    “Brain Drain” has been one sided phenomenon where scientist, engineers, or other intellectual elites in developing nations migrated to developed nations for better life. However, nowadays, more and more professionals and second generation immigrants are returning home, giving birth to “Reverse Brain Drain”.

    In the past South Korea faced serious “Brain Drain” phenomenon. However, today S. Korea is worried about “Reverse Brain Drain”. How did this happen? Maybe it’s because of popularity of Korean-Wave or maybe it’s due to the economic growth in last few decades, especially in electronic market, more and more Korean-Americans are returning to their mother land.

    Though, finding a job is not an easy endeavor in S. Korea as it always had high demand for white or even blue color jobs. As a result, most Korean-Americans end up teaching English or working at a pub in Korea, which has no real value for future career prospect.

    Recently, an interesting proposal, called K-Move (, has been introduced by South Korean President Candidate Park Geun-hye (Saenuri Party).

    K-Move provides a networking system that connects Korean-Americans with Korean Small-Mid Enterprises (SME), searching for employees who have global cultural and work background. In addition, this movement provides networking bridge for local Koreans with global enterprises. This two-way networking system appears to provide a logical solution to solve unemployment issue worsened by recent Reverse Brain Drain phenomenon.

    To sum up, Reverse Brain Drain seems to be unavoidable, not only in Korea but globally. If this phenomenon continues, unemployment issue may get worse and worse. Thus, in order to alleviate unemployment issue stemming from Reverse Brain Drain, effective governmental or non-governmental proposals need to be generated for those who are prone to face this phenomenon in near future.

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