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Daily deeply regrets rising trend in "brain drain" phenomenon in Iran

Tehran, Jan 27, IRNA -- `Iran News' in its editorial on Monday deeply regretted the rising percentage of "brain drain" in the country, urging Iranian officials to adopt concrete measures to check this unpleasant phenomena.

The so-called "brain drain" is costing the country some dlrs 50 billion annually, noted the English-language daily, revealing the actual figure of those leaving the country as 145,000.

Even the government's claims that they are taking steps to "slow own and reverse" the seemingly unstoppable trend of brain drain has proved to be only lip service and little is being actually done to improve the situation, maintained the daily, citing "unfavorable political and economic conditions" as the two primary reasons for this ugly phenomena.

The meager wages the young educated professionals earn is not sufficient to make ends meet, let alone purchasing a car, buying a house or getting married, highlighted the article.

To add on to the woes of the younger generation, which constitutes more than 65 percent of the entire population, is the "identity and social" crisis, added the paper.

Unfortunately, "civil and social rights and the obligations of the state toward the individual are not clearly defined in the system" and more often than not, are regrettably "denied or ignored", lamented the paper.

"The young generation demands accountability from the government that is progressive and modern and not tied up in the past," stressed the daily.

"It is undeniable that the system is unable to transform itself quickly as is required to reverse the brain drain trend," it pointed out.

Adding on to this is the growing number of jobless who are getting disappointed and frustrated with their life, wrote the paper.

It is high time the country's officials realized that no nation in history has achieved prosperity, progress and economic development without investing heavily in its young generation as well as heeding its legitimate demands, it stressed in conclusion.

... Payvand News - 1/27/03 ... --

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