Via Ahval – Emigration from Turkey increased by 42.5 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year, with 253,640 people leaving the country, more than 40 percent of them aged between 20 and 34, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) said on Wednesday.
Turkey’s largest city Istanbul had the largest emigrant population with almost 30 percent of the total, followed by the capital Ankara and the southern city of Antalya.
The decline in Turkey’s democracy and the government’s purge against the opposition following a failed coup attempt in 2016 are usually cited as main factors behind the increase in the number of people leaving Turkey, which some government critics have called an exodus.
Meanwhile 466,333 people migrated to Turkey in 2017, an increase of 22 percent compared to the previous year. Some 27 percent of the immigrants are from Iraq, according to TurkStat data, which excludes Syrians staying in Turkey under temporary protection status.
This article was originally published by Ahval.