Special Report

The Countries Attracting the Most Highly Educated Migrants


To identify the countries attracting the most highly educated migrants, 24/7 Tempo reviewed the Potential Net Migration Index from the analytics and international polling company Gallup. The index measures how much a country’s population would change if everyone who wanted to move to another country actually were able to do so. 

PNMI results for countries are not shown if the sample size drops below 500. Results for Brain Gain are not shown if the sample size drops below 200.

Population statistics for 2011 and 2021 are from the World Bank.

The potential increase of college-educated adults (characterized by Gallup as the Potential Net Brain Gain Index) is measured on a scale of -100% (meaning the total population of highly educated residents – those who have completed four years of education beyond high school or have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree – would leave) to infinity (meaning the potential inflow of this highly educated group is unlimited and depends on the number who want to move in from around the world).

Based on interviews with nearly half a million adults in 152 countries between 2015 and 2017, Gallup gauged the potential net gains and losses to a country’s adult population by subtracting those who would like to move out of a country from those who would like to move into a country.

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