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Middle East 'Brain Drain' Reverses

While the Middle East has historically witnessed the emigration of many of its most skilled and educated young people to the West, the trend is now reversing as many emigres return to the region, Cale Salih writes for Al-Monitor.
Widows learn how to use computers at a widows training and development center in Baghdad, November 13, 2012. Baghdad's Widows Training and Development Centre offers training to improve employment prospects for widows and help enable them to set up their own businesses to support their families. Established in 2006 and funded by a number of international charities, the centre has initiated a number of training and awareness workshops to support widows and orphans financially, socially and psychologically. Pi

Brain drain, the emigration of a country’s most skilled and educated individuals, usually to a more developed country, has afflicted the Middle East for decades. The region’s most talented individuals have fled wars, repressive dictatorships and a lack of higher education opportunities for work and education opportunities in the West.

Now there is a reverse trend, spurred by a flat job market and low economic growth in the West, and the  rise of opportunities in the Internet technology and other sectors in the region.

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