One of the sadder effects of the
An al Jazeera report (You Tube video below) from June 2009 said that half of all Iraqi doctors have fled the country. The doctors and other professionals are scattered all over the
In the article below, some statistics about
Percent of professionals who have left
since 2003 - 40% Iraq
Iraqi Physicians Before 2003 Invasion - 34,000
Iraqi Physicians Who Have Left
Since 2003 Invasion - 12,000 Iraq
Iraqi Physicians Murdered Since 2003 Invasion - 2,000
Of course, reconstruction and rebuilding of the Iraqi society is going to much, much harder with this many professionals now refugees. The following article is from 2006:
The lack of viable opportunities coupled with the devastating daily violence has caused many of
's engineers, doctors, lawyers, and professors to flee the country while some of those who remain have been killed. The massive "brain drain" may eventually have a chilling effect on Iraq 's future ability to rebuild itself. Iraq
The flight of its best and brightest professionals is nothing new in
. Under Saddam Hussein, an estimated 4 million people fled into exile. After the fall of the Hussein regime, many emigres returned in the hopes that Iraq would become a center of learning, scientific research, and art in the Arab world. However, instability and violence have forced many professionals to flee the country, despite the government raising their salaries in an effort to keep them from leaving. Iraq
A more recent article (2008) said this:
’s university professors claim they have been the victims of targeted assassinations since 2003. Many cases go uninvestigated, but the sheer scale of the attacks has driven thousands of academics out of Iraq . Iraq
….. “It is clear that academics are being specifically targeted,” says Brendan O’Malley, author of a 2007 UN report on higher education. But the exact scale of the killing is hard to arrive at. Isam al-Rawi, a geology professor and head of the Association of Iraqi Lecturers, compiled figures about the death of fellow professors until he himself was killed in 2006.
And, of course, all those assassinations lead to many more academics fleeing the country. The above cited article discusses who might be behind the assassinations, with the likely suspects being the
One local Iraqi paper in
TheThis article also talks about the efforts to bring the professionals back to
is to blame for the exodus of Iraqi scientists and professionals which has lead to shortages in specialized staff in medicine, higher education and several other sectors, said a senior member of parliament. U.S.
Basem al-Hussain of the parliamentary commission on displacement and migration said the government still needed to have “the right laws and mechanism” on how to deal with the returning professionals.
Hussain said the flight of professionals was because of the chaos that accompanied the
invasion “which bears the responsibility for the brain drain.” U.S.
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