Australians in Turkey

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There are as much as 12,000 Australians in Turkey.[1] Of these, the overwhelming majority are from the capital Ankara (roughly 10,000) while the remaining are in Istanbul. Australian expatriates in Turkey form one of the largest overseas Australian groups in Europe and Asia. The vast majority of Australian nationals in Turkey are Turkish Australians.

In 1967, Turkey and Australia signed a bilateral agreement on assisted migration. Under the agreement, Australia offered migration to whole families, as permanent migrants. The program resulted in an increase of the Turkey-born population in Australia from 1,544 at the 1961 Census to 11,589 in 1971. The 2011 Census showed that 66,924 Australian residents claimed Turkish ancestry, with 32,843 having been born in Turkey. Turkey and Australia have established a number of sister city agreements, including Adana and Sydney, Izmir and Melbourne and Eceabat and Oberon.

Australia and Turkey have a productive and steadily developing relationship, with substantial dialogue across a wide range of issues, frequent high-level visits and expanding bilateral trade and investment. [2]

Notable people[edit]


The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. The Memorial's purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war. Its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society. [3]

Communities / Networks / Guides[edit]

Australian Embassy, Turkey[edit]

The Australian Embassy in Ankara is accredited to Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia. In Turkey, the Australian Government is represented in Ankara, Istanbul and Çanakkale. [4]


InterNations is the first international online community for people who live and work abroad. As a network based on trust, we enable our members to interact with other global minds in a similar situation, with comparable interests and needs. InterNation users can keep in touch with friends and business contacts; they can exchange reliable information on expat-specific topics, both on a global and a local level.[5]

Expat Blog[edit]

Get in touch with Australians living in Turkey? Discover the Australian expat community in Turkey, the best way to make friends and to contact Australians! You can also get in touch with all the members of the Turkey network. [6]

Other Helpful Resources[edit]

Lonely Planet Turkey - Plan and book your perfect trip with expert advice, travel tips, destination information and inspiration from Lonely Planet. [7]

Turkey Travel Guide - Turkey Travel Guide is an Australian - Turkish partnership which has been running tours through it's TURSAB accredited company, Istanbul Stopover Tours for over 4 years. Since that time it has run hundreds of tours individually organised for guests from Australia and all over the world. [8]

Trip Advisor - Reviews and advice on hotels, resorts, flights, holiday rentals, holiday packages, and lots more! [9]

Bilateral Relations[edit]

Australia and Turkey established formal bilateral relations in 1967. Australia has an embassy in Ankara and a consulate-general in Istanbul. In 2006, Australia also established a consulate in Çanakkale (the province in which Gallipoli is located) to provide consular assistance to the growing number of Australians who visit the Anzac battle sites each year.

Australia and Turkey have a close and productive relationship, with substantial dialogue across a wide range of issues, frequent high-level visits and expanding bilateral trade and investment. Both Australia and Turkey regard the 1915 Gallipoli landings as an event of particular significance in their modern histories. Every year a large number of Australian and Turkish citizens attend commemorative services at Gallipoli. The 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign will be commemorated jointly by Turkey and Australia in 2015.

Turkey will host the G20 in 2015 and joined the G20 Troika with Australia and Russia in December 2013. Preparations are underway for major bilateral cultural exchanges in 2015 under the auspices of the Australia International Cultural Council.[2]


  1. ^ Numbers of Australians Overseas in 2001 by Region - Southern Cross Group
  2. ^ a b "Turkey - Brief". Turkey - Brief. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  3. ^ "Australian War Memorial". Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  4. ^ "Australian Embassy, Turkey". Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  5. ^ "Inter-Nations Site". Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  6. ^ "Turkey Network". Expat Blog. Retrieved 2014-10-16. 
  7. ^ "Lonley Planet Guide - Turkey". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 2014-10-16. 
  8. ^ "Turkey Travel Guide". Retrieved 2014-10-16. 
  9. ^ "Tripadvisor". Retrieved 2014-10-16. 

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