More foreigners looking to work in Turkey

The number of foreigners trying to obtain work permits to work in Turkey is on the rise year on year.

New data released by the Labour Ministry shows that a total of 16,890 foreign workers applied for Turkish work permits in 2011, up from 14,201 applications in 2010 as working in Turkey becomes an ever more luxurious prospect for foreign nationals. In 2011, a total of 7,106 of the applications were made by women looking to live in Turkey.

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The data shows that Chinese, Russian, and Ukrainian nationals are making the most applications for work permits in Turkey. In 2011, the data shows that 1,648 Chinese nationals obtained permits while 1,432 Russians and 1,278 Ukrainians obtained the right to work in Turkey.

The most popular areas to work include in the education sector, hospitality sector and the entertainment and creative sector.

Working in Turkey seems to appeal more to the younger generation, as people aged between 25 and 35 years old made most of the applications.

As expected, the most popular regions to work in Turkey are business centre Istanbul, the capital Ankara, and the coastal city of Antalya.

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