Iran’s brain drain reaches disastrous levels
Iran ranks first in the globe regarding the brain drain phenomenon with the flight of 150,000 elites per year.
Thousands of Iranians left the country in recent years, largely for Europe and North America, in search of jobs and higher salaries.
Official reports show a 220% increase in the number of Iranian students immigrating.
In a recent study, a third of all 16 to 25-year-olds said they would leave the country, if given the opportunity.
To shed more light on the massive impact of this issue, the estimated collateral damage from the Iran brain drain phenomenon, with students going to the United States, is estimated to be valued more than Iran’s assets frozen in the U.S.
The scope of the damage caused by this reality is now and then resembled very vaguely in state-run media, revealing the irrecoverable nature of this disaster.
The head of the Medical Sciences Department at Hamedan University described the brain drain phenomenon in the country as a catastrophe, according to the state-run ISNA news agency, December 12, 2017.
“The departure of 180,000 graduates from the country in 2015 and immigration to other countries, including Canada, is equal to the total income of oil, which is a catastrophe for the country”, Dr. Rashid Heidari Moghaddam said.
“The worst thing about the brain drain is that (good) genes also leave the country. It is likely that we will see a decrease of IQ’s in the country in decades to come”, he added.
Earlier this year the state-run Fars news agency, affiliated to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, also reported an increasing number of college Students and professors leaving Iran, inflicting irrecoverable damages for the country. The number of Iranian college students immigrating to the U.S. has more than doubled, according to the IRGC Quds Force-affiliated Tasnim news agency.