Over 466,000 people immigrated to Turkey in 2017

Most immigrants citizens of Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, official data shows
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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 21:13

At least 466,333 people immigrated to Turkey in 2017, a 22.4 percent rise compared to the previous year, Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) data showed on Sept. 5.

52.3 percent of immigrants were men and 47.7 percent were women in 2017, TurkStat said.

26.6 percent of all immigrants were Iraqi citizens, 10.4 percent Afghans, 7.7 percent Syrians, 5.7 percent Azerbaijanis and 5.6 percent were citizens of Turkmenistan, it added.

When analyzed by provinces, Istanbul topped the list for the highest immigration population in 2017, with 166,044 people, TÜİK said. Istanbul was followed by Ankara with 46,475 people, the Mediterranean province of Antalya with 21,888, and the Aegean province of İzmir with 12,031.