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Israel Faces a Brain Drain

The brain drain from Israel is reaching serious proportions. According to a survey by the Association for the Study of Emigration, 224 of the country’s senior scientists, all of them holding doctorates and specializing in the hard sciences, left Israel during the past year.

Most of them went to the U.S. and the remainder to Western Europe. Five prominent scientists of the Weizmann Institute departed last month. They said they were going abroad because of the lack of proper working conditions here.

According to data provided by the Ministry of Immigration and Absorption, 32,000 university graduates from Israel are presently working in the U.S. They include 8,000 engineers.