Brain drain from Turkey: the case of professionals abroad

Guengoer, Nil Demet
Tansel, Aysıt
Purpose - The paper aims to present research findings on the return intentions of Turkish professionals residing abroad, where the targeted group comprises individuals working at a full-time job abroad who possess at least a tertiary level degree.


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Citation Formats
N. D. Guengoer and A. Tansel, “Brain drain from Turkey: the case of professionals abroad,” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MANPOWER, pp. 323–347, 2008, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: