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Brain Drain and Brain Gain in peripheral regions

Luzern mit Pilatus

The centre of Central Switzerland: Lucerne. http://www.luzern.org

The focus of the 2003 - 2007 "Brain Drain - Brain Gain" Project is the development, introduction and evaluation of action plans that reduce the migration of skilled labour from peripheral regions and instead favour migration into these areas.
The regions involved are Central Switzerland with the Cantons of Lucerne and Uri, the region Twente in the Netherlands as well as Western Palatinate in Germany. The money come from funds of the Interreg IIIB Programme "Northwest-Europe".
During the first project stage, researchers studied size, reasons and consequences of the Brain Drain. On the basis of the collected data, measures for the promotion of the Brain Gain were subsequently developed by means of a participative process. In the Uri Canton for example, an Internet platform has been developed to create a network between Uri and migrants from the Canton.
Sources and Info: www.brain-drain.org (de/en)