Four out of ten people in Turkey want to live abroad: Survey

Some 39% of Turkish people want to live abroad, according to a survey conducted by MetroPOLL Research.

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According to the "Turkey’s Pulse" survey conducted by MetroPOLL Research company in October, 39.1 percent of people in Turkey indicated that they would like to reside in another country.

The survey was conducted between 10-16 October in 28 provinces with 1691 computer-assisted telephone interviews.

When asked if they would like to live or study abroad, 39.1% of the respondents answered "Yes," 56.4% said "No," and 4.5% did not express an opinion. 

The highest percentage of those who responded positively were supporters of the pro-Kurdish Green Left Party, which became the People’s Equality and Democracy Party (HEDEP) recently, followed by supporters of the nationalist opposition Good (İYİ) Party and the far-right nationalist Victory Party (ZP).

Among respondents who expressed a desire to live or study abroad, party affiliations based on their votes in the May 14 general elections were distributed as follows: ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) - 28.4%, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) - 42.7%, far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) - 18.3%, İYİ - 50%, HEDEP - 62.1%, radical Islamist New Welfare Party (YRP) - 10%, ZP - 54.5%, leftist Workers’ Party of Turkey (TİP) - 41.7%, and other parties - 60.4%.

The number of respondents who answered with "yes" was 47.3 percent in January 2021, and 53 percent in 2023.

Many foreign language course owners in Turkey reported that they have seen a surge in the number of students enrolled in classes. Furthermore, those who seek asylum in European countries, especially in Germany, increased drastically in 2023.