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Thousands of Physicians Returning To Iraq

BAGHDAD -- Thousands of Iraqi physicians have returned home in recent months as security has improved, a senior Iraqi official has said.

Speaking to Radio Free Iraq (RFI), Kamal Naeem, the general inspector at Iraq's Ministry of Displacement and Migration, said that about 5,000 doctors have returned to Iraq from abroad and their employment is under discussion at the ministries of health, interior affairs, and defense.

According to Naeem, Iraqi physicians abroad who are unable to return home due to contractual obligations in their host countries have an opportunity to visit Iraq on a regular basis to perform complex surgery and other procedures when necessary.

He also said that his Ministry regularly sends delegates to the countries hosting Iraqi refugees to inform them about the incentives, including cash grants, housing, and employment, offered by the Iraqi government for those who decide to return.