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NI needs a strategy in place to halt brain drain

Loss of students hurts economy but Stormont has failed to act: think tank

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Economic strategy: Pivotal director Ann Watt

Economic strategy: Pivotal director Ann Watt

Economic strategy: Pivotal director Ann Watt

An independent think tank is calling on Stormont to urgently address the 'brain drain' that sees 17,500 Northern Ireland students heading to Britain - enough to fill an entire university.

Most of those departing don't return which leaves the local workforce struggling to attract high-paying jobs because it has too few people with degree-level qualifications, and too many with GCSEs or lower.

"Despite all this, the Executive currently does basically nothing to reduce or stop the brain drain. Pivotal is calling for this to change," the think tank said in a report published today.


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