Immigration and the Global Talent Search
Is the U.S. losing the global race for the best and brightest entrepreneurial talent?
It's the American dream -- move to the United States, start your own business and build a successful life. But, is the U.S. losing the global race for the best and brightest entrepreneurial talent?

In this month's America Abroad, we'll explore the role immigrant entrepreneurs play in the American economy, as well as what other countries are doing to attract foreign talent and lift themselves out of the global recession. This program is part of a four-part series on entrepreneurship.

While conditions for starting a business have improved in many parts of the world, the rate of new business creation in the United States has plateaued. We'll hear from Financial Times columnist Edward Luce and MIT professor Thomas Kochan about why entrepreneurship is key to remaining economically competitive. 
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India sends a higher number of immigrant entrepreneurs to the United States than many other countries. But, as India's economy grows, will more Indians choose to start their businesses at home? Bianca Vazquez Toness reports from Mumbai. 
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Host Ray Suarez takes us to Ireland, where a government program is helping entrepreneurs create thousands of businesses per year in a country of just four and a half million people. Then, we go to Chile, where start-ups are offered seed-funding to start their business in "South America's Silicon Valley".
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Host Ray Suarez talks with Rochester Institute of Technology's Ron Hira about the impact of U.S. immigration policies on entrepreneurship in America. We'll also hear from an immigrant entrepreneur living in America on the H1-B visa program.
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Host Ray Suarez talks to Robert Litan, Director of Research at Bloomberg Government, and Vivek Wadhwa, a fellow at Stanford University's Rock Center for Corporate Governance, about whether the immigration bill before Congress will help attract and keep talented entrepreneurs in the United States.
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Video Extra

Host Ray Suarez travels to Ireland, where a focus on entrepreneurship has helped thousands of new businesses open each each year.


Featured Experts

Edward Luce
Edward Luce is the Washington columnist and commentator for the Financial Times. He writes a weekly column, FT's leaders/editorials on American politics and the economy and other articles.
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Ron Hira
Ron Hira is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he teaches courses on technological innovation, communications and public policy. He is a licensed professional engineer, a research associate with the Economic Policy Institute and the co-author of Outsourcing America.
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Robert Litan
Robert Litan is the Director of Research at Bloomberg Government. He has served as the Vice President for Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation and a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, where his research includes topics in regulation, financial institutions, telecommunications, entrepreneurship and general economic policy.
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Vivek Wadhwa
Vivek Wadhwa is an academic, tech entrepreneur and author of The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent–which was named by The Economist as a Book of the Year of 2012.
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Immigration and the Global Talent Search / Produced by Samara Freemark, Bianca Vazquez Toness and A.C. Valdez. and edited by Martha Little, with additional production help from Flawn Williams. Special thanks to Colm Coyne/ Web Producer: Philippa Levenberg / Images courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons contributors: Tyson Crosbie and SEIU International, and AP photos by Andres Kudacki, Grand Island Independent, Lane Hickenbottom and Rafiq Maqbool. Video courtesy of PBS Newshour.

Host: Ray Suarez / Length: 51 minutes / Airdate: May 2013

This program was made possible with the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation and the Stuart Family Foundation.

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