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What is Repatriation Centre in Turkey? Which Foreigners Are Sent To These Centers?

Firstly you should know that foreigners must have a valid residence or work permit to stay legally in Turkey. It is quite possible that foreigners who are not legally in Turkey will face deportation and entry bans if their situation is detected. As Ata Instutitional Consultancy, we strongly recommend that all foreigners reside in Turkey legally. Repatriation Centres (GGM), which are operated by the General Directorate of Migration Management, are the centers where the foreigners who do not have the legal right to reside in Turkey and who will be sent back to their country, are held within the framework of certain rules. In this article, we will briefly inform about these centers.

Where are the Repatriation Centres in Turkey?

First of all, Repatriation Centres are located in different cities of Turkey, and these cities have been determined by taking into account the general density of foreigners. As of 2022, there are a total of 26 centers in Turkey, including 24 Repatriation Centres and 2 Repatriation Centres operated by the General Directorate of Migration Management. These centers are generally located in big cities such as Istanbul, Izmir, Van, Antalya, Bursa and Erzurum. Today, according to the data of the competent authority, the capacities of these centers are over 15 thousand.

Which Foreigners Are Taken to These Centers?

It is beneficial to be remind it again. If you are a foreigner, you should definitely reside in Turkey legally. Today, if you are not legally present in Turkey, and if an administrative detention decision has been issued in addition to a return decision, you will be kept in these centers. While there can be many different reasons for the administrative detention decision for foreigners, this decision is usually taken to avoid possible problems in sensitive issues such as public order and general security. Usually, foreigners with the restriction code G-87 (General security) are held in these centres. Your fundamental rights are protected in these centers. You have basic rights such as nutrition, access to health services, access to the phone, shelter according to your age and gender, and seeking psychological help. In addition, you can contact the consulate of your country of citizenship in Turkey at any time.

If you have questions about Repatriation Centres in Turkey, you can send them to us in the comments section.


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