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Moving to Turkey

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Moving to Turkey

Post Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:10 pm


I have recently decided to move to Turkey and I just wanted to know the best place to start. I am currently researching things but would like some further insight.

I am planning to save for the next year and move early to mid 2015. I suppose I'm looking for information with regards to renting and working, also if anyone has encountered any difficulties. I think the work situation is probably going to be the most difficult so if anyone has any information on this, it would be a big help in particular any work opportunities going.

Thanks for your help in advance



Re: Moving to Turkey

Post Posted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:29 am

It depends on what type of work you want, your qualifications, where you live in TR etc- it's not particularly easy for a foreigner to find job while they're in the country- unless they are really well qualified. Obtaining a work permit can be tricky but it is possible but only for a specific post, i.e. one can't just obtain a work permit in case one finds a job! Smile
Have a look here.
There are certain professions that are closed to foreigners too so you may wish to do some research on this yourself.
More info here.
Many foreigners end up in the teaching English sector but this can be an unhappy experience and unfortunately the salaries can sometimes be rather disappointing even for professionals w/excellent qualifications. The days of a tourist teaching English as a native speaker are gone.
If you really want to move to TR, make as many Turkish contacts and friends as soon as you can.
Research, research,research and guess what? More research! Wink
Learn Turkish.
Have several long holidays here before you burn all your bridges.
Good luck! Smile


I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train. Oscar Wilde


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Re: Moving to Turkey

Post Posted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 3:47 pm

Thank you for your reply.

Where do I start with regards to making contacts and what kind of contacts? I want to be as prepared as possible.

I'm planning another trip out there as soon as possible but I wondered if there are any places in the UK that I can go to make these contacts?

I know a guy who has just moved to Istanbul to teach English and he brought along his friend who seemed to make the move quite easily; however Istanbul isn't my first choice to go, I was thinking Marmaris but I know it's very seasonal in terms of work there so Istanbul would be another choice of mine or maybe Bodrum.

I want to have an extended holiday there before I decide to make the move permanently; so I'm thinking around 3-6 months to see what it's like beyond a couple of weeks every year in a tourist setting.

Any more help would be greatly appreciated. I have given myself what I think is a lot of time for research and sorting things out but a helping hand to make the transition smoother would be excellent.



Re: Moving to Turkey

Post Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:13 am

How to make contacts in TR?
Well the first place to look is the work place- so for example if you are a teacher, look up schools in the town you wish to live in and email them , you could offer to find pen friends or exchange type visits etc.
Attending conferences in your line of work is a possibility.
Contact people and ask questions. Eg How are those great Turkish pots made?
Hint- Turkish professionals generally enjoy making contact w/foreign people who share the same career.
Join forums for expats, people based where you are or in TR.
Offer English conversation lessons online or live.
Anyway you get the picture, you need to be proactive.
Make friends w/your n'bours when you're here long term , and as many other people as possible.
In some cities in TR there are places like the Turkish American Association or the British Council, these can be useful places to join and attend as they hold various social activities. In Izmir there is the French Cultural Association as well as the German Language Centre- can't recall the proper name right now!
Some people enjoy attending church for the social aspect.
In most large towns and cities there are groups for expats to go to.
Hint- too much expat can be too much! Wink
Not sure how helpful the Consulates are, worth a try maybe?
Hope it all works out for you.


I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train. Oscar Wilde


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