Tehran, March 2, IRNA -- `Iran News' on Sunday expressed grave concern over the increasing departure of the best minds from the country, saying "social restrictions and economic shortcomings" are the main causes for the criticial trend.
"109 of the toal 276 scientific olympiad prodigies in Iran have left the country to pursue their education overseas," it said.
"A detailed glance reveals that 18 of these individuals were gold medeal winners in international olympiads with 30 silver and another 23 bronze medal winners," it added.
The scope and scale of the problem is such that Iran is "once again the global leader" in this phenomena.
According to the editorial, Iranians find it more and more difficult to enter the "middle class" strata in society such that they contemplate emigration in order to find the financial security which they badly need.
The brain drain is not limited to prodigies, but extends to all educated classes and elite in society including businessmen, specialists and investors, it pointed out.
"Political uncertainty, social tensions and lack of sufficient individual and social freedoms are additional crucial factors driving our intelligent and skilled human resources to search for their destiny elsewhere," the editorial went on to say.
"The younger generation leaving their homeland, specially those who are bright and more well off," it said.
"It is virtuallyimpossible for a college-educated Iranian youth to purchase a car, unless he or she is independently wealthy," it added to substantiate its observation that young people are particularly vulnerable to the lure of better opportunities abroad.
Moreover, "new domestic political and social tensions or crises" could also drive managers, specialists, doctors, engineers and scientists to pack their bags and leave the country, it predicted.
It said what is worse is that officials are complacent and do not seem to take the problem seriously because "there are other pressing problems to attend to," a usual pretext.
If the country is to treat the problem seriously, it has first to "create an appropriate economic, social, cultural and political atmosphere in the country," believes the daily.
For as long as people are not satisfied with their situation here, the lure for a better life elsewhere will always be hard to resist, especially for those who have what it takes to succeed in more challenging situations.
"If we really intend to be a proud and independent nation on the global state, Iran has no other choice but to create the appropriate economic, social, cultural and political atmosphere in the country so that the younger generation have enough incentives to stay in their own homeland," concluded the editorial.
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