According to a recent study by the Official Turkish Statistical Institute, 253.640 people emigrated from Turkey in 2017, 42,5% more than the previous year. 39,9% of them were aged between 20 and 29 years old, and most of them come from the big cities in western Turkey, i.e. they are urban youth from the most developed parts of the country. The majority of these young Turkish want to leave behind the political repression and the economic crisis’ consequences. Following the publication of these figures, Turkish Minister of Industry and Technology, Mustafa Varank, recognized: “Unfortunately, this brain drain causes us to lose people we’ve been training for years […] We are preparing a plan of action to recover these human resources, as well as inviting researchers from all corners of the world to our country”. By contrast, in 2017 the number of immigrants increased by 22.4% compared to the previous year, reaching 466.333 people.
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