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NY Times: “Spurning Erdogan’s Vision, Turks Leave in Droves, Draining Money and Talent”

A commuter train in Istanbul passed an election poster for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last June. Mr. Erdogan won re-election with greater powers, but the economy has faltered since then.

 

Via The New York Times

By Carlotta Gall

ISTANBUL — For 17 years, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won elections by offering voters a vision of restoring the glories of Turkey’s Ottoman past. He extended his country’s influence with increased trade and military deployments, and he raised living standards with years of unbroken economic growth.

But after a failed 2016 coup, Mr. Erdogan embarked on a sweeping crackdown. Last year, the economy wobbled and the lira plunged soon after he won re-election with even greater powers. As cronyism and authoritarianism seep deeper into his administration, Turks are voting differently — this time with their feet.

They are leaving the country in droves and taking talent and capital with them in a way that indicates a broad and alarming loss of confidence in Mr. Erdogan’s vision, according to government statistics and analysts.

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‘Gezi generation’ fleeing Turkey

Via Al-Monitor Well-educated, qualified young people from Turkey’s “Gezi generation,” which led mass anti-government protests in the summer of 2013, are increasingly emigrating to the West, having lost hope in the future of their country.

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Emigration from Turkey up 42 percent in 2017

 

Via AhvalEmigration 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.

New migrant route involves sailboats from Turkey

Refugees and migrants arrive in an overloaded rubber dinghy on the Greek island of Lesbos (Lesvos), Greece, 15 December 2015 after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey.EPA/STRINGER
Refugees and migrants arrive in an overloaded rubber dinghy on the Greek island of Lesbos (Lesvos), Greece, 15 December 2015 after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey. EPA/STRINGER

Via Infomigrants A new migrant route from Turkey has been opened up by human traffickers – particularly Ukrainian and Russian – to transport migrants to Europe, mainly through Italy. In recent weeks, the smugglers have used sailboats and landed on the beaches of Sicily at night. Continue reading New migrant route involves sailboats from Turkey

Four missing from capsized boat likely fleeing Turkish civil servants

Via Ahval News (19th July) – A boat that capsized on the Maritsa river on the Greek-Turkish border was likely carrying Turkish civil servants fleeing the crackdown after the July 2016 coup attempt, four of whom are still missing, Greek newspaper Kathimerini reported on Thursday.

Greek authorities have rescued three men, a woman and a child from the boat, according to the newspaper.

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Fleeing mother and child drown crossing River Maritsa

Via Ahval News (20th July)– The bodies of a Turkish mother and one of her three missing children have been found on the shore of the Maritsa river on the Greek-Turkish border, Turkish news sources reported on Friday.

Hatice Akçabay and the body of her one-year-old son were discovered in Edirne province on the Turkish side of the Maritsa, known is Greece as the River Evros. Akçabay’s two older sons, four and six years of age, are still missing.

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Number of Turks granted asylum doubles in Germany

Via Ahval News (22th July) – The number of Turkish citizens granted asylum have doubled in Germany in comparison to last year, according to a report by the country’s Federal Migration and Refugee Department quoted by independent news platform T24.

Turkey is now the third biggest source of those granted asylum in the country behind Syria and Iraq and ahead of countries including Iran, Afghanistan and Somalia, the report said.

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