You might think Brain drain is a medical term. And there may be such a thing as brain drainage (of course, the medical community probably uses a more technical term), but when Americans say “brain drain”, they are usually referring to a country’s best and brightest leaving home for a country where they can have a better life. Of course, Americans think that place for a better life is always America.
India is a prime example of brain drain. Almost all of my doctors have been Indian. Also, visit Silicon Valley or any other center of high-tech and you might find yourself a minority — that is if you are not Indian. Gifted Indians seem to be endless boarding aircraft for the West. Makes me wonder whose left to turn out the light.
Brain drain into America is one of the things that makes our country great. Despite the angry words of chuckle-headed politicians, the influx of the world’s best brightest should always be welcome here, and most hope they always will.
But brains aren’t the only thing that drain. Other examples include “down the drain,” which means lost forever.