Scientists Languish in Diaspora

Among the refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East and North Africa are scientists and researchers, whose careers and research now risk being lost.

‟We should consider those scientists a treasure,” says Abdelhamid Zuhairi, chairman of the Euro-Mediterranean University, which co-sponsored a March conference in Trieste, Italy, on the scientists’ plight. “Investing in them can pay off.”

A report published in May called for programs to create jobs and provide social and professional support for refugee scientists. Experts also point to the need for more data and a more inclusive and better-funded effort to support refugees.

Source: SciDev.Net

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