When it comes to competing with China on high-tech talent, the United States may be squandering its advantage, says a new paper
from the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
China has a demographic head start, writes new CSIS fellow Remco Zwetsloot, with four times the population of the U.S. But America is far more attractive to top scientists from around the world, including those from China.
The U.S. has gotten in its own way, Zwetsloot argues, with immigration and visa policy that makes it difficult for international scientists and engineers to come to and stay in America. Of international PhDs in artificial intelligence who left the U.S. after earning their degree, more than half said immigration issues played a role in their decision and a third called them “extremely relevant.”