The Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displaced announced last week it successfully placed thousands of scientific talent who returned to the country in a number of state institutions.
"Under the strategic plan to attract highly educated Iraqi expatriates, we just finished appointing and re-appointing 4,000 individuals with rare scientific specialties who returned to the country since 2008," said minister of Migration and Displaced Dindar Dosky.
He said these include university professors, doctors, and engineers who earned master's degrees and doctorates.
"The expatriates were assigned to government offices according to their specialty after employment slots were created for them," Dosky said. "Other former employees were re-appointed to the same office where they worked before they left Iraq to serve again alongside their colleagues."
Dosky said the re-settlement of highly educated expatriates is one of the ministry's top priorities because of their potential to contribute to the nation's revival in all fields.
"We are surging ahead to encourage them to return and will provide for all their needs to help with re-integration into society and provide suitable living standards for them and their families based on the 2008 government order which gave them various privileges," he said.
Dosky said officials are offering government jobs to highly educated expatriates who have not reached the retirement age and allowing former employees to return to their jobs. If an expatriate was dismissed from a job for political reasons, the period spent outside the country would be counted as actual service in terms of annual salary increases, promotions, and retirement.
The ministry is continuously inviting all Iraqi expatriates with special skills to return and contribute to the reconstruction and development of the country.
"Many accepted the invitation, but we look forward to see many more return in the coming phase," he said.
Asghar al-Musawi, undersecretary of the Ministry of Migration and Displaced, said his ministry is co-operating with several others to determine their need for highly skilled expatriates who have returned and were entered into the ministry's database, create jobs for them and arrange for their re-appointment in some instances.
"Qualified individuals, once appointed, are granted a plot of land, or a flat, real estate loans, and financial grants usually allocated to state employees," Musawi said.
"We must exert more effort to attract this segment and allow them to re-settle in the country to benefit from their expertise, knowledge and creative potential," said Kareema al-Jiwary, a member of the parliament's migrants and expatriates committee.
"The committee will hold a joint meeting with the Migration and Displaced Ministry and other ministries to discuss ways to improve the privileges granted to expatriates and to raise the level of services offered to those returning to the country," she said.