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Talent War Shows Nuclear Deal Rewards for Skilled Iranians

A thriving upper-middle class is a natural constituency for Rouhani, but the nuclear deal has yet to deliver rewards for many poorer Iranians.
Iranians cross a road in downtown Tehran on April 27, 2016.
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Aryan’s timing was impeccable: Months after he returned to Iran from college in Canada, job offers started to pile up. A decade of economic sanctions was drawing to an end in early 2016 as he settled back home, prompting a frenzied chase for Iran’s small pool of white-collar professionals.

“It’s a battle for talent,” said Aseyeh Hatami, founder and managing director of Iran’s leading jobs website, Iran Talent. Those with skills “and who are fit for a professional work environment are seized immediately,” she said.