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Kazakh Government Wants Scientists Abroad To Return Home

Many Kazakh scientists left the country after the collapse of the Soviet Union
ASTANA -- The Kazakh government plans to start repatriating Kazakh scientists and researchers who are working abroad, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Kazakh Education and Science Minister Bakhytzhan Zhumagulov said in the Senate on November 12 that there are currently 125 talented Kazakh scientists and researchers on the list of those whom the government wants to return to Kazakhstan.

"We have drafted a document addressed to the government that proposes ways to bring home Kazakh scientists who left the country at various times and for various reasons," he said.

Zhumagulov said that Russia and China both have similar programs to bring back their expatriates.

Hundreds of thousands of Kazakh citizens left Kazakhstan in the 1990s as a result of the deep economic crisis caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union.