Turkey’s Migration Map Has Been Published: Which City Has the Most Immigrants?

Turkish Statistical Institute published Turkey’s migration map. While the city that attracted the most attention on the map was Istanbul, the megacity was at the top of the list as the city that received the most immigrants and gave the most immigrants.

With the increase in rent prices and living costs in Turkey, the number of people leaving the big cities has increased. This situation is also revealed in figures in Turkey’s migration map published by the Turkish Statistical Institute.

There is an atmosphere in which measures are taken to prevent internal migration, especially from the regions where agriculture and animal husbandry are made, and reverse migration is encouraged. According to the migration map of Turkey prepared by TUIK, it is observed that there is a flight from Istanbul to Izmir.


Considering the distribution of the population migrating between provinces in Turkey, Istanbul was the province that received the most immigration with 385 thousand 328 people. Ankara was followed by Ankara with 197 thousand 702 people and Izmir with 131 thousand 394 people, respectively. The provinces receiving the least immigration were Ardahan with 4 thousand 750 people, Tunceli with 7 thousand 54 people and Kilis with 7 thousand 474 people, respectively.


It was seen that Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, which are the provinces that receive the most immigration, are also the provinces that send the most immigrants. In the first place, with 408 thousand 165 people, Istanbul is the province that gives the most immigrants; Ankara followed it with 165 thousand 604 people and Izmir with 109 thousand 470 people. The provinces with the least immigration were Bayburt with 6 thousand 382 people, Ardahan with 6 thousand 445 people and Tunceli with 6 thousand 517 people, respectively.

Ece Nagihan

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