Harsh crackdown and human rights violations, difficult living conditions under enormous pressures, and colossal education costs in Iran under the mullahs’ regime is leaving no choice other than leaving the country for Iran’s university students, professors and a variety of experts. This situation has become so extreme that currently Iran ranks first in the globe regarding the brain drain phenomenon. 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.
In Iran’s own media
“What is truly harmful and will inflict severe damages on a national scale is our inability to have students educating abroad return to the country after completing their studies. What is worse is our inability to keep our own experts inside the country, and to establish the necessary circumstances in which these individuals see their psychological and spiritual security, adequate position and a decent life guaranteed not in Iran, but in the United States,” the state-run IRNA news agency reported.
“Why are we witnessing an increase in the brain drain phenomenon and less and less students willing to seek higher education,” the state-run Mardom Salari daily wrote.
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.
Official reports show a 220% increase in the number of Iranian students immigrating. This disturbing brain drain trend in Iran has reached a point where 150,000 such individuals are leaving the country each year, and regime experts have at times described this ongoing current as “cultural suicide” or “intellectual suicide” for the entire country.
Irrecoverable for Iran
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. Another element increasing the number of college students and experts leaving Iran is the lack of adequate learning conditions. The low level of universities and other learning facilities across the country.
As a result, more students are seen seeking better education scientific and research opportunities abroad. However, as their education comes to an end, they refuse to return to Iran, knowing all too well adequate conditions are not available. Unemployment and lack of opportunity is among the various reasons behind individuals with high degrees and expertise leaving the country.
More than 50% of Iran’s educated are unemployed and others are actually working in construction sites, or have resorted to trade, resembling anything but their studies. It is also crystal clear that crackdown conditions and the mullahs’ dictatorship in Iran actually plays the number one role in the country’s educated experts seeking a new life abroad.
The motivation behind most of this immigration is the fact that Iranians cannot tolerate the mullahs’ despotism imposing unbearable political and social limitations. The unfortunate truth is that as long as the mullahs are in power, we will only witness an increasing number of college students and experts leaving Iran for good.