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‘Arab suffering losses from brain drain’

With reference to the international NGOs reports, a report in Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat said on Sunday that shortage of local jobs, low salaries and multiple bureaucratic impediments force the young to leave their home countries.

world Updated: Sep 07, 2009 23:53 IST
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Over 70,000 graduates in Arab countries move abroad each year in search for job.

With reference to the international NGOs reports, a report in Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat said on Sunday that shortage of local jobs, low salaries and multiple bureaucratic impediments force the young to leave their home countries.

Countries such as Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, which raise plenty of skilled personnel, should create jobs and attractive working conditions so that young people return and work home, the report said.

Currently, about 54 per cent of Arab students educated abroad prefer to stay in host countries. It is necessary to create 55-70 million jobs with account of growing populations within the next decade, it said.

According to statistics of the League of Arab States and the International Labour Organisation, about 100,000 skilled engineers, doctors and researchers leave Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria each year. About 70 per cent of them stay abroad permanently.