POPULATION ADJUSTMENT FOR SYRIANS

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Revised May, 2024 – Resource, Turkey iResidence, Foreigner Residence Services.
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POPULATION ADJUSTMENT FOR SYRIANS

In order for Syrians not to disrupt the demographic structure of the population in Turkey, ‘dilution’ is being applied. No foreigners will be granted residence permits in areas with a Syrian population of more than 25 percent.

According to the data of the Turkish Ministry of Internal Affairs, there are 3 million 700 thousand Syrians in temporary protected status in Turkey. New studies have been conducted to reduce the pressure on the demographic structure of the population originating from Syrians. According to this, Syrians will remain in the provinces where they are registered, new registrations will not be received in the regions, provinces and districts where Syrians are concentrated, and residence permits will not be issued. A study will be conducted to ensure that Syrians do not exceed 25 percent of the population in the region where they are located.

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THE PROVINCES IN WHICH IT IS REGISTERED

In accordance with these studies, the addresses of Syrians in the provinces where they were registered were checked one by one. Thus, it was determined whether they remained in the provinces where they were registered. Syrians who left the province where they were registered were sent back to those provinces. New registrations were stopped in provinces with a high concentration of Syrians, especially in Istanbul. While Syrians are allowed to leave the province they are in, they are not allowed to leave the city they live in except in humanitarian situations.

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THE NOBLEMAN HAD SAID ‘WE’RE CLOSED’

Turkey Interior Minister gave information about foreigners in Turkey the previous day, saying: “In some regions there is a Syrian population of more than 25 percent. According to this scale, we have set a limit on not issue a residence permit here again. We’ve closed it down. We don’t take any foreigners, not just Syrians,” he said.

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DILUTION IN ALTINDAĞ WHERE A FIGHT BROKE OUT

After a Turkish citizen was stabbed to death by 2 Syrians in a fight in Altındağ, Ankara, a “dilution” project was launched to prevent spatial concentration of foreigners. Within the scope of the project, 4,514 Syrians were transferred from the district to other settlements. 309 abandoned buildings used by Syrians were destroyed and 177 businesses were closed. In the notification from the Migration Administration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, it was stated that:

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IT WILL SPREAD TO ALL PROVINCES

“In particular, in provinces with more than 10 thousand foreigners, mechanisms are being established where social tension and current developments can be monitored quickly, and if foreign settlement is detected above the rates determined at the neighborhood level, the necessary incentives are provided by various means to ensure that consensual changes of location are made. The pilot study was initiated in the Altindag district and it is aimed to disseminate the application in all provinces by taking into account the field experience gained and the successful results obtained.”

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