Defne is a planned district and second level municipality in Hatay Province, Turkey. According to Law act no 6360, all Turkish provinces with a population more than 750,000, will be a metropolitan municipality and the districts within the metropolitan municipalities will be second level municipalities. The law also creates new districts within the provinces in addition to present districts. These changes will be effective by the local elections in 2014.
Thus after 2014 the present Hatay central district (Antakya) will be split into two. A part will be named Defne and the name Hatay will be reserved for the metropolitan municipality. (Defne means laurus which is one of the agricultural products of Hatay Province; it is also related to the ancient suburb of Antioch, Daphne.)
There were 9 towns and 24 villages in the rural area of Defne district. Now their official status became "neighborhood of Defne".