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Brain Drain: 600 Moroccan engineers leave every year

The Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research revealed that more than 600 engineers leave Morocco every year in the framework of brain drain.

In response to a question posed in the House of Representatives during the oral questions session on brain drain, the official explained that brain drain is an international phenomenon not only in Morocco.

Minister Amazazi pointed out that the departure of Moroccan expertise comes in the context of technological transformations and international laboratory standards in this field. But the minister stressed that Morocco does not provide incentives to attract Moroccan talents deployed in the world.

The spokesman added that “the professor of Moroccan researcher in Europe if he decided to return to his country will start work starting from the first administrative stairs, an assistant professor, and this can not be accepted by any university researcher abroad.”

The Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research proposed the creation of a new position to ensure that these competencies maintain their higher levels in Moroccan universities and institutes.

A member of the House of Representatives, said that the phenomenon of brain drain has become very worrying and embarrassing for Morocco, noting that the migration of 600 engineers per year is almost equivalent to the number of graduates in four engineering schools in Casablanca.

He said that a study of 3,000 Moroccan frameworks showed that 56 per cent of them said that their working conditions were not good and their salaries were very meager. “It is a source of concern, especially as Morocco is creating them, while others benefit from their services.”

The Moroccan Federation of Information and Communication Technology and Offshore has already sounded the alarm because of the high frequency of Moroccan specialized workers leaving the country at a time when the labor market needs them.

According to figures revealed by federal officials, high-skilled workers, often taught for about 12 years after the baccalaureate, choose to leave the country in search of stimulating jobs and living in better conditions.

Morocco’s institutes of various types are between 6,000 and 7,000 per year with expertise in IT-related disciplines, but lose between 10 and 20 per cent of them due to immigration.

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