Some 93 percent of Iranians have thought about emigration outside the country at some point in their lives, according to a recent poll conducted by the collaborative initiative Iran Open Data among social media users.
The group presented the main findings of the survey in an article on May 15, saying that about half the respondents said that they have taken practical steps to leave the country.
Those with university education are more likely to have taken steps to emigrate.
More than half the respondents say they have considered emigrating between the years 2009 to 2019.
Almost half of the respondents stated that they first thought about emigrating between the ages of 20 and 30.
The report comes amid growing concerns that many skilled workers and highly educated professionals are leaving the country.
Iran open Data cited the Iranian emigration Yearbook 2022, published by the Iran Migration Observatory in December, as saying that “emigration can be considered the fastest growing social phenomenon in Iran over the past two years."
"Hopelessness, economic instability and the decline of fundamental freedoms such as free internet," along with other economic, social and political factors, have caused a rapid increase in emigration, the Observatory said.
At least 2 million Iranians are estimated to live outside the country, but the true figure is believed to be much higher.
Iran Open Data said that 1,567 Iranian social media users participated in its poll. Of the respondents, 72 percent were male and 27 percent were female, and 97 percent of them said they lived in urban areas, mainly Tehran. The average stated age of respondents was 34 years.
The key findings of the poll in English are available here.
Iran Open Data's original article in Persian is available here.
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