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What is Voluntary Repetriation? Who Can Apply?

Firstly, you should know that foreigners under administrative detention have the right to voluntary repetriation, as well as the right to apply for international protection. Even if there is an administrative detention decision taken about you and you will encounter some negative situations on your return, you can request to voluntary repetriation to the country where you were legally resident or citizen before, and you can share this request with the Immigration Administration officials. Since your decision will be binding for your own future and may occur irreversible results, we recommend that you make a decision by considering all the criteria. In addition, there is no specific time limit for submitting your voluntary repetriation request.

According to the Laws of the Republic of Turkey, you can be provided with in-kind or cash support for your voluntary return. However, you need to consider that the completion of these supports and the fulfillment of legal procedures will take a certain period of time. Having your own legal and valid ID or passport will speed up this process a bit. In applications for voluntary repetriation, you should also take into account the negative situations that may arise if you return to the country of residence or citizenship, and you should make your application with good thought in this direction. In addition, if you do not know enough Turkish or cannot express yourself, you have the right to request an interpreter for voluntary repetriation, just like in international protection applications.

If you have questions about voluntary repatriation applications in Turkey, you can send them to us in the comments section.


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