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UNDP report shows 20,000 educated Lebanese leave per year

October 8, 2009 Leave a comment

20,000 educated Lebanese leave per year

From The Daily Star

By Patrick Galey

“Staggering numbers” of highly skilled graduates are leaving Lebanon each year, severely hampering economic growth, according to new research.

Data published Tuesday in conjunction with the United Nations Development Program’s latest Human Development Report shows an annual migration of roughly 20,000 Lebanese, the majority of which are well-educated. This contributes to a crippling “brain drain,” and strains the national workforce, according to economic and social policy experts.

More than two-thirds of male and 45 percent of female university graduates opt to work abroad – a worrying trend according to assistant professor of economics at American University Beirut, Jad Chaaban.

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