Global downturn reverses brain drain in Turkey

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Global downturn reverses brain drain in Turkey	The recent global downturn led to company mergers, bankrupt firms and layoffs which have forced white-collar workers to make new plans about their lives.
Many white-collar Turkish professionals working in United States and European countries are now seeking ways to return home after the global financial downturn in 2007, human resources experts say.
Years ago, these people, who are armed with degrees from reputable schools, were beckoned by international companies for top positions in Germany, United States, Russia, UK or UAE.

But the recent global downturn led to company mergers, bankrupt firms and layoffs which have forced white-collar workers to make new plans about their lives, says Ilham Suheyl Akgul, head of a Turkish recruitment consultancy firm.

For instance, a recent survey showed that one of every three Turkish academics in German universities want to come back to Turkey, he says.

"Turks are idealistic people. Especially the new generation of white-collar workers had taken risks for their careers and left for overseas jobs. But now, many of them, working especially in United States and Europe, want to return home," says Akgul, the author of "Journal of the White-Collar Professional".

"We received nearly 1,000 resumes from white-collar Turkish workers after the recent global downturn. 60 of them were employed in Turkey.

"We have had a significant intellectual capital in foreign countries. The brain drain has lost it meaning. Now, the thing is to gain brains. So, Turkey must establish a Human Resources Ministry in a bid to find talents to carry Turkey a step ahead in the new century," he says.

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Cihan news agency  

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