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Brain drain costing region $1.5 billion every year

Around 70,000 Arab university graduates…

September 6, 2009 2:04 by

Around 70,000 Arab university graduates emigrate every year to search for jobs overseas, according to a new report by recruitment website About 54 percent of Arab students studying abroad do not come back to their home country to work, the report says. It also states that about 100,000 scientists, doctors and engineers leave Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Tunis, Morocco and Algeria annually.

This brain drain costs the region around $1.57 billion every year, according to a study by the Arab League’s Department of Population and Migration Policies.

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  1. Ken Shaw on September 7, 2009 8:21 am

    Education & Finding a Job are very important. Most of these students will return someday or contribute to their falilies welfare. In most cases they are held back because of lack of opportunies in their home countries.

  2. Beyond on September 7, 2009 10:12 am

    Simply this region doesn’t deserve such educated people.

    in these mentioned countries even the basics of human rights and freedom are not available, therefore once these educated persons live and study or work in a country where they are treated as human beings and not like animals or just other number (not related to the ROYAL family) they stick there and consider it home.

    People as such belongs to human communities not otherwise.

  3. Esmeralda on September 7, 2009 11:20 am

    One of the main reasons behind the brain drain is lack of opportunities. In addition, the Arab world is not investing in research and relies heavily on imported knowledge. So it is understandable that scientiest, doctors, and highly educated people lleave for greener pastures. The issue needs to addressed on the level of government policies.

  4. Celia K Hamadeh on September 7, 2009 8:04 pm

    On the other hand ,around two billion dollars are spent yearly by Arab women, on cosmetics !!!!!!

  5. Amin on September 8, 2009 7:38 am

    Pls use as I can;t help using Hindi which has a perfectly apt cliche : Neki kar aur kooyan mein dal !!!


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