November 28, 2012

Fiji benefits from migration

13:02 Today (November 28, 2012)
Report by: Devendra Narayan

The Dean of Economic at the Fiji National University’s Economics, Doctor Mahendra Reddy says, Fiji has benefited from people who are moving abroad.

He says following the military coup in 1987 up until 1994, an average four thousand two hundred fifty people left our shores for greener pastures overseas.

Most who left were the Indo-Fijians.

Reddy says, while brain drain might be a problem for Fiji, the country on the other hand raked in 30-million US dollars in remittances in 1995 alone.

Over the years the figure has risen to 180-million US dollars, representing six percent of our GDP.

Dr Reddy was speaking at the International Labour Organization organized workshop in Suva this morning.

He made a presentation on socio-economic and Labour market trends and key employment challenges in Fiji.

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