Survey: 63% of young people want to leave Turkey

Survey: 63% of young people want to leave Turkey
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A research study by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation revealed that 63% of Turkish youth desire to live abroad, citing economic and freedom concerns. Study also found high discomfort with refugees, calling for policy reforms.

A research study conducted in Turkey has revealed that 63% of young people expressed a desire to live in another country if given the opportunity, Deutsche Welle Turkish reported.

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation, a German organization, released the results of the 2023 Turkey Youth Study conducted among the Z generation in Turkey.

The study focused on the opinions of young people between the ages of 18 and 25, covering topics such as politics, the economic situation, and migration. It was conducted in 16 cities between December 2022 and January 2023, with 2,140 young participants.

The research revealed that 63% of young people between the ages of 18 and 25 expressed a desire to live in another country if given the opportunity. However, 37% of the participants responded that they would prefer to live in Turkey.

Among the young people who said they want to live outside of Turkey, 47.8% stated that their aim was to improve their living conditions. 20.7% of them believed that there was more freedom in other countries, 16.8% felt unsafe in Turkey, and 14.7% mentioned the difficulty of finding jobs in Turkey and the ease of finding employment in other countries as their reasons for wanting to live abroad.

When asked which countries they would prefer to live in, the top three choices among those who wished to live abroad were Germany, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

The research, led by Professor Dr. Ali Caglar from Hacettepe University in Ankara, also highlighted the significant impact of economic developments in Turkey on young people. According to the study, 61.3% of the participants mentioned experiencing economic difficulties during their education. Conversely, only 12.6% stated that they did not face such challenges. The research also revealed that young people were limiting their expenses, with 84.4% of them indicating that they were cutting back on their consumption.

Regarding the government's style of governance, 70.4% of the participants expressed their disagreement. The percentages of those who disagreed with the government's justice policies, human rights practices, economic policies, and education policies were 81.2%, 73.3%, 83.8%, and 75.7% respectively.

NEGATIVE VIEWS ON REFUGEES

The research also inquired about the participants' views on refugees in Turkey.

91.4% of them expressed discomfort with the large number of refugees in Turkey, while 90.1% believed that refugees were altering the country's demographic structure. Additionally, 80.8% argued that refugees posed a threat to Turkey's future.

When asked about the government's policies towards refugees, 91.8% of the participants stated that they considered the current policies and practices to be incorrect and in need of change.