Global science, global talent in the wake of nationalism and populism

LW Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Human Resources

Martin Vetterli and Gérard Escher

US President Donald Trump is part of a chilling parade of politicians […] who have risen to prominence in the past decade by fuelling anti-immigrant sentiment. But […] we should be grateful for what global talent has done for our economy. Since 1900, immigrants have made up one-third of US recipi-ents of Nobel prizes in chemistry, physics, medicine and economics. Immigrants account for more than one-quarter of the approximately 110,000 patents filed in the United States each year. There are more than 1 million foreign students in US universities, representing about 5% of enrollees and providing an estimated US$39 billion annual stimulus to the economy. William R. Kerr (2018a)