Migration - the choices we face

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Migration - the choices we face
Hassan et al (2017). Migration - the choices we face. Science. 19 May 2017: Vol. 356, Issue 6339, pp. 667. DOI: 10.1126/science.aan5965

 

Hassan et al (2017) note the impact of the current migration crisis between Africa, the Middle East and Europe on the quality of research and health care in sending countries. These researchers remind us that more than 1 million refugees and migrants arrived in Europe in 2015, and nearly 390,000 more in 2016, many fleeing conflict in the Middle East and North Africa. Another more hidden aspect is that, if developed countries focus only on immediate domestic impacts of mass migration, they will miss a critical point: When thousands of people, including many researchers, leave their home countries, the exodus perpetuates instability in those countries and damages prospects for future development. Before the Syrian conflict began in 2011, the country had 31,000 doctors. Today, roughly half are gone, many scattered to adjacent countries, Europe, and North America. Uncounted thousands of scientists, engineers, and advanced students from across the region have joined them. How can nations rebuild and progress when much of their scientific workforce has fled? How can they hope to raise farm output, improve public health, or prepare for natural disaster?

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