Many Lebanese head to other Arab countries, Europe and the U.S. for employment.
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Ajami is one of a generation of Lebanese between the ages of 20 to 35 who feel that the employment opportunities in Lebanon are slim and that the return on investment in education is not sustainable. Statistics by Information International, an independent Beirut-based think tank, suggest that in 2015 around 34 percent of young Lebanese wanted to leave the country. Statistics from Lebanon's Central Administration for Statistics in 2011 confirm that 77 percent of Lebanese emigrants are below the age of 35 and show that most leave to other Arab states, where salaries are higher, or to Europe and the United States.According to Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi, unemployment has reached the unprecedented level of 25 percent, and among young people the rate is even higher.In an effort to stop the brain drain in Lebanon, last year Azzi announced that the Labor Ministry would reduce the number of work permits issued to foreigners by 49 percent in the framework of a "Lebanese first" policy. However, the difficult economic situation will need more diverse and radical measures to give young Lebanese more opportunities in Lebanon.
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