Survey Says…

  • The vast majority of returnees were below 40. 70 percent were married, and 60 percent did not have children, when they returned to their home countries.
  • 85 percent of returnees held advanced degrees (masters or Ph.D.s), the majority being in management, technology, or science.
  • 33 percent of the returnees were on temporary work visas; 27 percent were students. 30 percent were permanent residents or U.S. citizens.
  • Returnees have been leaving the United States in increasing numbers, with a significant increase in departures occurring in the past five years. Roughly three-quarters of all departures took place in the past five years.
  • The vast majority of returnees had no difficulty settling in the United States; only three percent said that settling in the U.S. was very difficult.
  • Returnees believed that their home country offered better professional advancement opportunities and a more reasonable cost of living. 65 percent stated that professional advancement opportunities and professional recognition were somewhat better, and 54 percent said they were much better, in their home countries. 66 percent said that their careers were growing faster in their home countries than they would have in the United States.
  • In terms of financial compensation in comparison with cost of living, 52 percent indicated that conditions were somewhat better or much better in their home country.
  • Family considerations are amongst the strongest magnets pulling immigrants back to their home countries.

The full results of Vivek Wadhwa’s survey will be published in January 2009.Please check


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