Brain Drain in the Dutch Caribbean?
Every year hundreds of young prospect students from the Dutch Caribbean cross the ocean to pursue an academic formation in the Netherlands. The time abroad seems to offer not only a unique range of personal experiences but also opportunities on the labor market for the future graduates and professionals. Local governments in Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten try to bring back their young professionals to the islands by promising jobs and cuts on student loans, but only a small percentage actually returns. Can we speak of a Brain Drain taking place in the Dutch Caribbean?