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International students at Carnegie Mellon University pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math are increasingly leaving the United States after graduation to pursue career opportunities elsewhere. Some students say that this trend is in part a consequence of the U.S. economic recession in the United States. In addition, many multi-national companies are expanding overseas and creating career opportunities outside of the United States. "I would like to find something in California, but ... I’ll probably be able to still work for Microsoft or Apple if I go back to India," says first-year computer science major Anuraag Jain.

Many international students are obliged to return to their home countries after graduation as a condition of their governments' educational scholarships, students say. "Most scholarships require a bond of four or more years of work after graduation," says computer science major Joseph Lum. "Our government is making an investment in us to apply what we have learned to stimulate our country’s economy." Experts say the homeward migration trend is a sign of the United States' decline as a global superpower.

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