The School of Arts & Sciences

Institute for Migration Studies

International Migration of the Highly Skilled and Academics: A Lebanese Perspective

Background information

A research project on migration behavior among the Lebanese American University (LAU) and the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) graduates is being currently carried out in partnership between the Institute for Migration Studies at the LAU and the Centre Population et Développement (CEPED, Paris,

Aim of the study

Lebanon has one of the highest skilled emigration rates worldwide in addition to high unemployment rates among university graduates. However the scale and causes of high skilled Lebanese migration are still not very well known.

Our aim is thus to understand how graduates from the same university are differently responding to migration. To further study this phenomenon we have developed an online questionnaire to collect data on graduates’ behavior with regard to migration. The questionnaire is available in English and French. Questions in this online survey are addressing a number of issues such as residency inside or outside Lebanon, migration experience, employment, education and family composition.

Taking part in the survey

An email invitation will be sent to all LAU and USEK graduates to participate in the online survey. We are inviting all the graduates to take part in this survey as their input will help us understand graduates’ behaviour with regard to migration. This participation will require answering an anonymous short online survey form. In total this survey will take up to 10 minutes. By the end of the study we will share with you the survey findings.

Your rights and confidentiality of answers

The Committee on Human Subjects in Research at the LAU and the USEK University authorized us to conduct this survey.

We guarantee that all the information you provide us with will be kept confidential and will not be shared with any commercial or other parties. To protect your privacy, the web survey database will be stored in a protected server in LAU, with a password-protected folder. You are free to participate in this study or withdraw at any time.

Contact us

For more information about this project, questions or complaints, please contact Ms. Lara BADRE (, Dr. Lama KABBANJI (, Dr. Paul TABAR (

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