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As borders disappear and talent look for opportunities around the world, millions of professionals are moving around from country to country to pursue their careers.

But which countries are attracting more talent than they’re losing, and vice versa?

In order to get a bigger picture of talent mobility, LinkedIn measured the inflow and outflow of professionals from 20 countries to determine “which countries gained and lost the most talent between November 2012 and November 2013, and what characteristics are shared by those who relocate for their careers”.

The UAE (1.3%), Switzerland (1%), Saudi Arabia (0.9%), Nigeria (0.9%) and Singapore (0.5%) are the top five countries which have gained more talent than they have lost through expatriation and global mobility.

At the other end of the spectrum, the five countries which lost more talent than they gained were Spain (-0.3%), the UK (-0.2%), France (-0.2%), the US (-0.1%) and Italy (-0.1%).

The report also identified the common traits among those who are more likely to work internationally.

“The first thing we noticed was that it appears younger professionals are more likely to work internationally,” the report, which was published on LinkedIn’s blog, said.

“Members who made a significant move in the past year had an average of 7.8 years of professional experience, but those who made shorter moves had 20% more professional experience compared to the significant movers.”

The top 10 skills found in movers in the past year included:

  1. Social media marketing
  2. Mechanical and aerospace engineering
  3. Java development
  4. Life sciences
  5. Military, defence and national security
  6. Foreign language translation
  7. Public policy and international relations
  8. Software engineering management
  9. Retail and wholesale
  10. Management consulting, business strategy and analysis

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