Significant number from Iraq living in Turkey with residence permits

Hassan Sadiq, a native of Tal Afar, shared his experience: “I came to Ankara in 2015 because of the fight against ISIS and got a residence permit. Then I started working, and I have been here for nine years and I am happy.”
A general view of the Galata Bridge over the Golden Horn, in Istanbul. (Photo: AP)
A general view of the Galata Bridge over the Golden Horn, in Istanbul. (Photo: AP)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) – According to the Turkish Immigration Directorate's statistics, as of May 23, 2024, a total of 1,125,061 foreigners are living in Turkey with residence permits, with a significant proportion being Iraqi citizens.

The latest figures from the Turkish Immigration and Refugee Administration indicate that 86,000 Iraqi citizens have received residence permits in Turkey.

Hassan Sadiq, a native of Tal Afar, shared his experience: “I came to Ankara in 2015 because of the fight against ISIS and got a residence permit. Then I started working, and I have been here for nine years and I am happy.”

Iraqis and citizens of the Kurdistan Region constitute the third largest group of immigrants to Turkey, following Turkmens, Iranians, and Russians.

Despite the challenging conditions for staying in Turkey, many still seek residence permits through various means.

Political and economic problems, unemployment, and instability are the main reasons for migration. A considerable number of those who have migrated to Turkey have done so due to these factors and have now settled there.