Tuesday, August 21, 2007

France the developing nation

France is a developing country. Developed countries attract people to work and make more money/have a better life than back nome.Developing countries see their sharp young people leave looking for work. France is among them. This Associated Press story in the Seattle Times shows the data for how much money the workers send home, so their families can live. The top nations attracting workers (sending money home) are the US far out front, sending $41 billion in 2006, then Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, and Germany, followed by Spain. 2003843095

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France is fifth of the countries that receive remittance money from their people working abroad with $12 billion in 2006. In good company with, from the top, India, China, Mexico and the Philippines! Why do the French leave? Their society is very structured and restrictive on work rules, starting businesses, etc. Where do they go? Mostly to the United States, the country they look down on! I worked a few years ago with a bright young Frenchman who got his PhD in France, then came to the US to work. He found work in France, but he wanted the wider options of the US. We were glad to have him. He made a contribution.

5 comments:

Jim Miller said...

Ron - If you want a copy of the graphic, just email me: jimxc1@gmail.com. (I seem to have misplaced your email address and couldn't find it here.)

Or, you can add the graphic to your post with a direct link to this URL: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/2007/08/18/2003843095.gif

Thanks for bringing this interesting piece to my attention. I may do a post on it myself.

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