Brain Drain

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Brain Drain

A situation in which the smartest, best educated people in a society or country leave for elsewhere. For example, brain drain may occur if the best doctors in a country leave to work abroad. Brain drain can occur for any number of reasons. Common examples, however, include political instability, better career opportunities or simply higher salaries. Brain drain is a problem in many developing countries.
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Enrica Detragiache, one of the authors of the 1999 IMF report, told the Iran Times she is unaware of any new research on the brain drain topic that would supercede the 1999 study.
Within the regime, the most popular explanation for the brain drain has been propounded by former President Ali-Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, who said there is a western plot to lure Iranians abroad.