Study: Indian, Chinese immigrants going home to work

Charlotte ObserverMarch 2, 2009 

A Duke University researcher says the United States may no longer be the world's only land of opportunity.

According to a study released today, immigrants from India and China are returning to their home countries for better jobs and a more luxurious standard of living.

Vivek Wadhwa, a professor in Duke's Pratt School of Engineering, co-authored the study, in which researchers interviewed 1,200 highly educated Indian and Chinese professionals who returned to their countries after living in the United States. Most returned for better job prospects and pay.

Wadhwa said the growing job market in those countries, visa backlogs and anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States are pulling immigrants back to the places they once thought they had left for good.

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