Survey says brain drain from Israel has halted

The number of academics living abroad has halted its increase and remained steady between 2012 and 2014, after an increase of 19 percent between 2010 and 2012, during the height of the social protests in Israel, according to a survey conducted by the Israel National Brain Gain Program and released by the Economy Ministry Monday.

The Israel National Brain Gain Program is a cooperative project between the Economy Ministry, the Immigration and Absorption Ministry, the Finance Ministry, and the Planning and Budgeting Committee at the Council for Higher Education.

The program, which started its work in 2013, is headed by Economy Ministry chief scientist Avi Hasson and works to halt the phenomenon known as “the brain drain” – academics moving abroad for long periods of time – and bring them back to Israel.


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