Britons in Turkey

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Britons in Turkey
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Istanbul · Ankara · İzmir · Fethiye
English (British· Turkish
Protestantism · Anglicanism · Atheism
Related ethnic groups
British people · British diaspora

There are at least 34,000 Britons in Turkey.[1] They consist mainly of British citizens married to Turkish spouses, British Turks who have moved back into the country, students and families of long-term expatriates employed predominately in white-collar industry.[2] There are also a small number of English retirees and pensioners who choose to live in the country after retirement, currently numbering up to 1,000.[1][2] There are a large number of British firms active in Turkey; consequently, many British employees working in Turkey are originally stationed by companies and multinational corporations back home, and can be seen serving in capacities such as general managers, marketing consultants and financial directors. They tend to be involved in sales, marketing, technical and human resources departments.[2]

The majority of Britons are found in Istanbul, with smaller populations scattered throughout the capital Ankara. Istanbul is generally seen as a favourite location due to the city being the country's commercial capital, the presence of international schools and better air links with the UK.[2] British residents living in smaller urban centres are mainly occupied in the textile and energy sectors.[2]

Turkey remains one of the top tourist and investment destinations for British nationals. The towns of Didim, Fethiye, Marmaris, Bodrum and Antalya are hot spots for Britons in Turkey. According to statistics, a record 32,000 Britons own property in Turkey, surpassing all other foreign property buyers. The properties range from holiday residences to private beaches centred on popular resorts.[3]

Social and business life[edit]

Many community and business organisations are active. One business organisation is the British Chamber of Commerce, which supports British businesses in Turkey.

In 2008, a poll was conducted among retired British expats in Turkey, with the question being whether they would approve of Turkey's accession to the European Union. The results showed a great number replying in the negative, citing concerns that doing so may cause Turkey to lose its identity and culture. The poll showed that many Britons are attracted to Turkey because of its not being as Europeanized, as well as its favourable climate, cheaper standards of living, the social circles and less pressure in daily life.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Brits Abroad: BBC
  2. ^ a b c d e Yavuz, Hande. "The Number Of Expats Has Reached 26,000". Capital.
  3. ^ Hyslop, Leah (2 July 2010). "Record number of Britons buying property in Turkey". The Daily Telegraph.
  4. ^ ŞERIF ERDIKICI, İZMIR (22 September 2008). "Retired British expats cool to Turkey's EU accession". Sunday's Zaman.