Ten percent of Israelis with PhDs live abroad

JEURSALEM (JTA) — Some 10 percent of all Israelis holding doctorates are living abroad, a government report says.

They have been living abroad for at least three years for work or study, according to a report released last week by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics based on figures in 2011.

Some 3.8 percent of those with doctorate degrees in the humanities and social sciences have left Israel for at least three years, while the percentage is 14 percent for those with advanced degrees in science and engineering.

The report also found that some 18,025, or 5 percent of all Israelis who received an advanced degree between the years 1985 and 2005, have lived outside of Israel for more than three years.

The rate of return among PhDs in 2010 was 4 percent.

The report was prepared for the Science and Technology Ministry’s National Council for Research and Development.

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