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Issues and Challenges

Fiji experienced extraordinary brain drain between the years 1986-1996.  During this period an estimated (net) 12 per cent of Fiji's 1986 labour force emigrated (33,000 of 274,000 persons).  More than half of this diaspora (53 per cent) was made up of middle-to high level professionals, 19,000 managers, professionals, technicians, associate professionals and clerical workers emigrated, representing 53% of the total 1986 stock of such workers.  Although since 1996, new entrants have moved into these occupations – comprised tertiary education level graduates taking up entry-level positions – have greatly offset the numbers lost, they have not been able to compensate for the skills, experience and seniority lost. Read more...

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