Erdoğan discusses Turkey brain drain with top advisers

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed possible measures with his top advisers to reverse a brain drain in the country.

Erdoğan chaired a meeting of a high advisory board to discuss the problem in the capital Ankara on Monday, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency. The contribution of the private and public sector was discussed at the talks, it said.

Turkey has seen tens of thousands of qualified people in academia and industry leave the country since nationwide protests against the government in 2013, a failed military coup in 2016 and the introduction of a full presidential system almost two years ago. The government wants to retain Turkey’s best talent as it seeks to expand the economy and increase the production of high value-added goods and services.

Discussions were also held about the measures Turkey needs to take to retain trained scientists, Anadolu said, citing Erdoğan’s Communications Director Fahrettin Altun.