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Russian migration to Turkey spikes by 218% in aftermath of Ukraine war

Nationals of Iran and Iraq, meanwhile, constitute the largest group of foreigners who left Turkey in 2022.
Turkish Airlines planes are parked at the new Istanbul Airport, Istanbul, Turkey, April 6, 2019.

ANKARA — Nearly 100,000 Russian citizens migrated to Turkey last year, topping the list of foreigners who moved to the country and marking an increase of more than 218% from 2021, official data showed on Monday.

Nearly 400,000 foreigners migrated to Turkey in 2022, the country’s official Statistical Institute (TUIK) said in its 2022 International Migration Statistics report. In total, overall migration to Turkey declined by more than 33% from 2021. 

Russians made up 25% of the total number of foreigners, topping the list of foreign nationals who entered the country.

Ukrainians were the second-largest group of foreign nationals — at 8%, or nearly 40,000 Ukrainians — according to the statistics. 

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