About 92,000 scientists, doctors, engineers and architects emigrated from Venezuela in recent years, denounced on Monday the opposition led by Juan Guaidó, considering that this departure of specialists is “a great drain of talent”.
“At least 92,000 scientists, doctors, engineers and architects have emigrated from Venezuela in recent years. Without a doubt, a huge loss of talent,” wrote former opposition lawmaker Carlos Valero on his Twitter account.
For this reason, he considered that “it is urgent for a political change in the country, so that every Venezuelan who left, returns” and, in this way, an alternative for the nation can be built.
According to the UN, around 5.7 million Venezuelans left their country in search of a better future in view of the local crisis. Colombia is the country that received the most migrants, about 1.7 million, followed by Peru (1 million) and the United States (465,000), according to the UN regional inter-institutional coordination platform.
exodus of doctors
Due to this migration, the executive director of the NGO Médicos Unidos de Venezuela (MUV), Jorge Lorenzo, recently explained to Efe that union studies show that “32 thousand doctors had left” by March 2020, when the pandemic began.
In the specialty of bioanalysis and nursing, until December of last year, there was an exodus between 60% and 70% of the total number of professionals in these sectors.
This situation, added to the death of health professionals during the Covid-19 pandemic, during which different organizations and unions denounced that they do not have sufficient protective equipment, led the MUV to warn that the country is running out of “health professionals” .
Faced with this situation, Lorenzo warned in May that, since December, “health professionals have started to migrate again without leaving the country, looking for other work alternatives”.
“Some went to the private sector, others started to take care of patients at home and others went from health to work on something else,” he stressed.