Distinguished professors now find themselves fired; some have even had their passports revoked . Many are leaving, while they still can, for academic freedom abroad.
Like their professors, Turkish students are flocking away. In my recent visit to the U.K., I met an alarming number of Turkish graduate students at Oxford University who had recently left Turkey and were seeking to stay for the long run. According to the U.K. Home Office, toward the end of 2016, Britain saw a 28 percent increase in short-term student visas, with Turks making up 40 percent of this bulk.
The wealthy—many old-money Turks who espouse liberal values—are also in Erdogan’s line of fire.