Iran tops “brain drain” list among developing countries
Published on “Deutschlandradio”, culture section, on November 18 2009
This leading position can not possibly please the leadership in Tehran: Among the developing nations, Iran is topping the list of the so-called “brain drain”, meaning the emigration of academics. According to a study conducted by the International Monetary Fund, about 180,000 well trained Iranians leave the country every year. Most of them emigrate to the USA, according to the study which is being quoted by Iranian newspapers. The Foreign Ministry in Tehran refuses to speak about a “brain drain”, though. A spokesman declared that after all most emigrants do not entirely cut relations with their home country.