The migration and mobility of students and elites are some of the main issues
that the Iran Migration Observatory is seriously working on. In this
section, while reviewing trends, global policies and existing realities, we
provide our policy suggestions and advice to policymakers and
decision-makers to be more effective in this area. The essential activities
of the Iran Migration Observatory in the field of migration of elites and
students are as follows:
- Validation and creating a credible database: Unfortunately, there
no centralized database that researchers and others can use despite the
importance of the issue. Most of the available data on Iranian students
and elites’ Migration and Mobility status is related to global data.
Using internal resources to show a comprehensive and clear picture of
the migration situation of students and elites is one of the critical
missions of the Iran Migration Observatory in the field of educational
- Monitoring the global status of elite and student migration: One
the appropriate policy tools in this area is to study global trends and
policies of countries active in this field. The Iran Migration
Observatory considers it its duty to keep up to date with the current
state of the global student migration.
- Research: Appropriate governance and policy-making in elite and
student migration require applied and fundamental research. For this
purpose, according to the needs and conditions of the day, the Iran
Migration Observatory performs analysis with the appropriate
methodology. The first research project of the Iran Migration
observatory in this field was "Survey to measure the desire to migrate
following the economic fluctuations in 2019 among students and graduates
in 2010 and after."
- Education: One of the activities of the Iran Migration
holding meetings and training courses in elite and student migration.
These programs help create a discourse in this field and promote its
research space. Among these programs, we can mention the holding of the
first specialized summer school in the country (in cooperation with the
University of Turku, Finland) in international migration in June 2019;
One of the three principal axes is the migration of elites and students.
- Promotion: Increasing communication and networking with Iranian
students and elites abroad and growing awareness and immigration
information of individuals is one of the most critical concerns of the
Iran Migration Observatory. In this regard, we use the results of our
research and studies as promotional content.