The Global Competition for Scientific Minds Is Heating Up

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson chairs a cabinet meeting at the National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland in Sunderland, England, January 31, 2020. (Paul Ellis/Pool via Reuters)
Will the U.S. cede its lead or start competing in earnest?

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE U .K. prime minister Boris Johnson recently announced that his government will be overhauling the country’s high-skill visa system to create a new pathway, called the Global Talent visa, for foreign-born scientists and technical practitioners to come and work in the United Kingdom. This is an exciting move for the prospects of U.K. innovation, but also part of a growing trend in the global competition for attracting the best and brightest minds from around the world. The United States already has some compelling advantages in this race, but our current immigration policies are effectively making us run with our feet tied

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