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Sudan: Government warns against exodus of skilled work force


November 19, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese authorities have sounded the alarm bell over huge increases in the numbers of employment cadres who migrate outside the country, saying the trend is severely hurting the economy.

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FILE PHOTO - Passengers queue to check-in at Khartoum’s international airport September 13, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A report released by the ministry of labor on Monday said that the migration rate has jumped this year to 75,631 people with the majority being of medical and technical professions. It also revealed that the number of doctors who migrated outside the country in the last five years is 5,028 while 1,002 technicians also left, mostly in 2012.

The report said that the biggest challenge to the government is the migration of medical and scientific specialists after its rate reached 14,407.

This trend was confirmed two days ago when 12 prominent medical specialists from the faculty of medicine at Khartoum University tendered their resignations in order to migrate. The ministry of health in Khartoum State said that the migration of the medical work force represents a catastrophe, attributing it to the economic crisis in the country.

Economic conditions in Sudan have been worsening since the country lost three quarters of its oil wealth – and main source of state revenues - to South Sudan when the latter seceded in July last year. In an effort to plug the budget gap, the government introduced an austerity program that reduced subsidies on fuel and sugar, causing massive increases in the prices of food and transport.

The Sudanese minister of human resources, Amna Dirar, said in a report she presented on Monday to the council of states that the reasons for increases in the rate of migration ranged from low wages to lack of employment opportunities and their abundance in the countries to which skilled Sudanese migrate.

According to the minister’s report, the rate of migration reached its peak in 2012 with 75,631 Sudanese leaving the country compared with 10,032 migrants in 2008. This is a 654% increase in just five years, the minister warned.

The minister’s report pointed out that the biggest recipient of Sudanese workers is Saudi Arabia with a 91 percent of those who migrated in the last five years, followed by UAE with 3.5 percent. The report also pointed out that in the last five years, most of those who migrated are technicians (58,484), followed by farmers and herder (54,100).

Dirar warned that the migration of medical specialists and technicians is a great loss to the economy and has the most severe impact on development.

Commenting on the minister’s report, a member of the council of states called on the government to accelerate the process of peace-making in the country saying that many Sudanese have left because of armed conflicts.


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  • 20 November 2012 09:36, by South South

    Poor country called Sudan is falling down everyday. Dollar yesterday was sold for 6.3 SP. Let them sink deep down.

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    • 20 November 2012 10:13, by Robot

      Arabs are finding their routes, why should you worry yourself Hon. Minister??, this are the genius whose calculation of what Arabs are going to become in the next 20 years is correct. those who are waiting, are waiting for the doomsday, today is a different lie, tomorrow is another one. PATHETIC FAKE ARABS, GOOD LUCK.

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    • 20 November 2012 18:21, by South Dengjok

      Dear Me,
      U African Dago(foreigner)Sudan by handle will finish to leaving ur poor country Sudan to other country as we S.Sudan stop u stealing our resources and sell it out,u will go back to ur poorest setuation that u have guys in da years back,cause we try to help u but u ain,t all ear cause u are deaf which only like looting with no need of negotiation,migration will be so much 4 that.

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  • 20 November 2012 10:14, by South South

    Poor country called Sudan, people are running away from it. Here is what is in Sudanese News Paper in Arabci today "75631 immigrants have left the country, mostly doctors and professors"
    Why is that wicked called Northern Sudanese and Jalaby ?

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  • 20 November 2012 10:50, by Alier

    Sudanese, welcome to the factual world of veracity, it’s one thing to say everything is fine but it’s another story when you’re unable to conceal the truth any longer.

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    • 20 November 2012 11:11, by Michael Angelo

      Time to reap what you sow motherfuckers. You invited this foreigners to occupy jobs that suppose to be given to us when Sudan was still one country but you fake Arabs prefer them instead of us as a way to kick us out.

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  • 20 November 2012 12:49, by sudani ana

    I don’t think this news is as bad as it seems. Following the "Education Revolution" and the opening of numerous universities in Sudan’s cities, there has been an explosion of the number of graduates who are unable to secure jobs. I’ve heard that there are that many qualified doctors in Sudan unable to find jobs, some have resorted to drive Rickshaws (Rakshas) to make a living. At least..cont..

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    • 20 November 2012 13:07, by sudani ana

      this way they could get good jobs, earn good money and new experiences that they could bring back to Sudan. Don’t forget these people have families in Sudan they will support from abroad with hard currency which will be a source of income for the country. I would encourage people to find work anywhere they can.
      By the way has the governor of Jonglei outlawed Laziness yet? cont..

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      • 20 November 2012 13:25, by sudani ana

        I think Southernors should learn the virtues of hard work from Northernors, rather than sitting under trees all day expecting the women to be the bread winners for the family. Your country will never develop or prosper this way.

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        • 21 November 2012 00:34, by mohamed mahgoub

          S.A. laziness is part of the greater Sudan core culture ,look like Africans only learnt bad behavours from u Arabs I mean idolness and stealing public money ,do u know that most of those doctors - product of the so called education rev.- don’t know how to write or read amedical priscribtion to their patients!

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        • 21 November 2012 16:05, by Mapuor

          Sudani Ana
          Are you a Sudanes.Who built multi story buildings in Khartoum,who work at Jazira,Gadarif etc farms.All Southerners are now leaving Sudan.who will afford the drudge involved in farming?Hooooooooo

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    • 21 November 2012 06:11, by P.K.M

      Sudani ana, I believe you misunderstood the exodus of skilled work force in Sudan; the professionals are leaving not because there is an explosion of more professionals the way you indicated it; they are leaving because they can’t afford to make a living in Sudan anymore. The reason is very simple, your Sudan ran out of money in a crumbling economy.

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  • 21 November 2012 05:09, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Let them go to East Middle,that is where their fathers come from. Is a matter of time before SPLA flihgters claimed their ancestion Land soon. The target will be North sudan region this time No war will be fight in south anymore. It will be just a old war symptom in south that will be going. Everything will be ok. Africa is for African and Middle East for Prussian and jewish

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  • 21 November 2012 07:01, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All
    Very nice when those slave become bankrupt, let them go back where they come from, we had told them that you keep sudan beuase of south, we are the backbone to sudan, but now we break the backbone soon let them see, if you didn’t believed wait you will not take other two years you will leave the country very soooooooooooooooooooon and the country will be back to their owners southerns.

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  • 21 November 2012 14:02, by tomturn

    We must find a solution to keep these people in our country.



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