What do Iranians that left Iran think about Iran?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 18, 2020 05:29 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 18, 2020 05:29 AM

A mass exodus of Iranians happened during the Islamic Revolution.

It is important to realize that several parties were involved in the revolution, the Nationalists, the Communists, the Islamists and of course the Kingdomists.

Pro-King supporters had major roles in the government, that’s why they were the first group to leave Iran, in fear of prosecution after the revolution. Many of them were police officers, intelligence officers, military officers or just government officials. Estimated numbers run around one million. These people were rich and were able to transfer their wealth with them, many of whom now reside in Tehrangeles.

The next group were the Communists, which were generally persecuted after some of their fundamentalist organizations (e.g., MKO) started bearing arms and killing people in the streets. They would be caught and executed very shortly after that. The estimated numbers are about 2 million.

Finally, there were the nationalists and some Islamists who did not approve of the Khomeini’s Islamic Republic take from Islam, and started publicly opposing the established regime. They would be less than a million in number.

Finally, came the Baha’is and some Jews, who were afraid of future persecution by an unstable regime, and fled to Israel/US. Numbers go from 500,000 to 5 million. There are entire cities in the US that were built by Bahai and Jewish emigrates of Iran.

Obviously the majority of these people were not pro the Islamic Republic government. Also, historically, they had much more influence in Iranian politics and were of above medium families, having a much louder voice than the average Iranian.

That’s one reason why most of what one would hear from Iranians, is from Iranians who are not residing in Iran, and are not pro-government, resulting in the vibe that Iranians are not only strongly opposed to the Iranian government, they do not have strong Islamic identities as well.

Finally, in recent years, with the exponential growth of Iran’s higher education infrastructure, a large number of Iranians are emigrating for better education and job placement, simply because Iran can not accommodate the shear number of higher graduates that it produces. A considerable size of this population are males that are bound by military service in Iran, without any possibility of going back without being stuck for 2 years of mandatory military service. This is mostly due to outdated laws which are quickly resolving.

It is estimated that this brain drain from Iran is costing it more than $50 billion annually.

Having had a chance to live in several diverse countries, and being a philosopher and rational thinker myself, I believe Iran is one of the greatest places to live in current world. Of course it lags behind in many aspects when compared to top places, but overall, it is leaps and bounds ahead of what it was a few decades ago; with a lot more room for improvement.

Numbers tend to agree with me as well, in many different criteria. Education, job placement, income, GDP, growth rate and many other factors are currently golden in Iran.

Finally, the general feeling of Iranians residing in Iran towards Iranians living outside Iran is somewhat mixed. Those who have resided outside Iran for an extended period of time (those of the revolution era) have a clear disconnect with the current Iranian culture and trends, and although looked upon somewhat favorably, are not considered Iranian culturally anymore. The students that study abroad on the other hand, many of whom visit Iran frequently, are respected and loved by the people.

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