Expatriate Housing and Security in Istanbul, Turkey

    Feb 17, 2017 @ 08:09 AM / by Eugene Kobiako

    Today, many expatriates from Western Europe and North America have stopped coming to Istanbul and to Turkey overall.

    Expatriate Housing Market

    After meeting with four different housing sources, I found out that many are hopeful but are nonetheless struggling to keep their businesses afloat due to the scarcity of expatriates. One source is planning to close his business and emigrate from Turkey due to the local instability, and another source is in the midst of layoffs due to the low demand in the expatriate housing market.

    Istanbul, Turkey, as seen during AIRINC's recent on-site cost of living survey.

    Expatriate Security and Daily Life

    Most people I spoke with around the city sounded resilient and were continuing about their daily business despite the recent terrorist attacks and political demonstrations. There are many police officers walking the streets and metal detectors are installed at every metro station and mall entrance. I personally did not feel in any danger during my stay and even witnessed a peaceful political demonstration that ended with the riot police and protesters shaking hands. However, it is important to note that many attacks are aimed at foreigners, so tourist sites and mass transit hubs like airports are frequently targeted. US Consular employees have sent their families back home and live in small apartments in a heavily guarded and secured compound. German and French diplomats have followed suit.

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     This post is taken from On-site Insight, AIRINC’s in-house global mobility blog. On-site Insight provides AIRLinc subscribers with an exclusive “behind-the-surveys” insight into new and existing expatriate locations based on commentary and photos from our global research team. Included is information on general living conditions as well as changing costs for both goods and services and housing and utilities, along with much, much more! To find out more, click here

    Topics: On-site Insight, Hardship, Insights and Experience, Istanbul, Turkey

    Eugene Kobiako

    Written by Eugene Kobiako

    Eugene joined AIRINC in 2016 as a surveyor and analyst in the Cambridge office, and is currently a client engagement representative for the Asia-Pacific region. A native of Seattle, he received his B.A. in European Studies and B.S. in Biology from the University of Washington in 2012. During his studies he spent two semesters abroad: one in Copenhagen, Denmark and one in Ottawa, Canada. Prior to AIRINC he has worked for the governments of Mexico and the European Union. He has been to over 80 countries for both business and pleasure. In addition to English he speaks Russian and Spanish fluently as well as some French, Danish, German, Swedish, and some basics in a few other languages. In his free time he plays the guitar and bass guitar, enjoys football (soccer) and hockey, studies foreign languages, and is an avid vexillologist. He is based in Hong Kong as of February 2020.