It has been necessary to issue a statement for the purpose of accurately informing the public regarding the allegations shared on some social media accounts that “residence permits in 39 districts of Istanbul have been closed to foreigners”.
In order to prevent spatial congestion, our Presidency periodically conducts density analyses related to the foreign population in our provinces, both at the district and neighborhood level, and takes measures aimed at dispersing this population.
Within this scope; Istanbul was closed for the registration processes of Syrians under temporary protection in 2019.
In January 2021, Istanbul’s Fatih and Esenyurt districts were closed to new residence permit applications.
As a result of the evaluation made in October 2022, in addition to the Fatih and Esenyurt districts, Avcilar, Bahcelievler, Basaksehir, Bagcilar, Esenler, Kucukcekmece, Sultangazi, and Zeytinburnu districts were also closed to new residence permit applications.
As of July 1, 2022, in all our provinces where the ratio of foreign density to the population of Turkish citizens exceeded 20%, a total of 1,169 neighborhoods in 63 provinces have been closed to new foreign registration. The number of closed neighborhoods in our province of Istanbul is 54.
As can be understood from the explanation, the claims that 39 districts in Istanbul have been closed to residence permits do not reflect the truth, and currently 10 districts are closed to new residence permit applications. Our monitoring and evaluation efforts related to spatial concentration continue.
Announced with respect to the public.
Source : https://www.goc.gov.tr/istanbulda-39-ilcenin-yabancilarin-ikamet-izinlerine-kapatildigi-iddialarina-iliskin-basin-aciklamasi
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