The Educated Can't Wait To Leave...But A Few Are Trickling BackAfshin Molavi
Ramin Farjad Rad, a gifted Iranian engineering student with dozens of collegiate awards, won his most valued prize a few years ago: entry to the U.S. Like thousands of Iran's best and brightest, he was looking for a way out. Armed with a letter of acceptance from Stanford University, he walked into the U.S. embassy in Amsterdam in the summer of 1994 and walked out with a freshly minted entry visa. "It was like a dream come true," says Farjad Rad, 30, who is today one of thousands of Iranian engineers working in Silicon Valley. His dream, however, reflects Iran's tragedy, as a brain drain that began with the country's 1979 revolution shows no signs of slowing.
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