Expat Experiences in Turkey

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When considering a move to a new city, there is nothing more useful than hearing real life stories and unique experiences from other expats who have lived there. We'd love to hear about your expat experiences. Please contact us if you live or have lived in Turkey and would like to share your story.


Nazanin is an Iranian expat who relocated to Turkey in 2008. She discusses the difficulties of living in Istanbul, as well as the advantages that the country has to offer. Read more about her experience of Istanbul
Nelle is a Belgian/French expat living in Turkey. She is married to a Turkish man, and after living in London for a number of years, they moved to Istanbul, where they own a real estate and travel agency specialising in Turkish properties. Read more about her expat experiences in Turkey.
Nelle - an expat living in Turkey
Barbara Isenberg is a freelance writer specialising in travel, food and culture in Istanbul and Turkey. She moved to Izmir with her husband after buying a one-way ticket to Istanbul in August 2007, and now lives a life of leisure and contemplation on the Aegean. Read what she has to see about expat life in Turkey.
Kala Shekhar moved to Istanbul from India. His son Sid is a regular contributor to the Turkish Daily news and is also a deputy editor for one of their supplements called Genext. Both of them are happy to advise expats on life in Istanbul, via questions posed on the Expat Arrivals Forum. Read about Kala's take on expat life in Istanbul

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