Hundreds of expat intellects return home

November 23, 2017

TEHRAN — Some 833 intellectual elite expats returned to Iran over the past two-and-a-half year, deputy director of the National Elites Foundation for international affairs has said.

The state-run foundation which was founded in 2005 launched an international center to exploit the potential of brilliant Iranian expatriates since 2013, ISNA news agency quoted Ali-Morteza Birang as saying. 

Subsequently the center set up a ‘reverse brain drain schemes’ from February 2015 which resulted in the comeback of 833 gifted intellects up until September 2017, Birang explained. 

Many elite expatriates are concerned with their country’s improvement, however, they have doubts about returning to their home country, Birang said. 

The long and time-consuming process of returning to Iran as well as finding a suitable career is usually very frustrating that force the elites to give up, he regretted.

“In case we manage to simplify and accelerate the process for these brilliant intellects and ensure their job security we may be able to convince them more easily to return to their homeland,” he suggested. 

Brain drain is a problem described as the process in which a country loses its most educated and talented workers to other countries through migration.

The occurrence of reverse brain drain mostly depends on the state of the country's development, and also strategies and planning over a long period of time to reverse the migration.


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