I got to see Dr. Michael Haan’s demographics presentation last night for the first time. Haan is the Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Population and Social Policy at UNB.
His stuff is sobering and clearly shows the impact of out-migration from a demographic perspective on New Brunswick.
One of the most interesting areas of Haan’s research is his work looking at exiles. He took a look at the economic performance of New Brunswickers who had moved away (using Census data) and found they were twice as likely to own a business, three times more likely to have a university education and four times more likely to earn over $100,000/year.
My father used to say “anyone with any get up and go already got up and left” – referring to a specific community but it is interesting. There is more work to be done on this but it is a stark view on the question of who leaves? Is it your best and brightest?
In the case of Haan, there is a good example of the best and brightest moving here.