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Expats considering a move to Turkey will naturally have many concerns about life in this culturally rich country. From their safety and security to healthcare and schooling concerns, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about expat life in Turkey.
Are there international schools in Turkey?
There are numerous international schools in Turkey, with most being based in Ankara or Istanbul. These schools teach foreign curricula such as that of the UK, US and the International Baccalaureate. Tuition at these schools can be steep, and due to the high demand, places can be limited, so parents should plan well in advance.
Will I find good healthcare facilities in Turkey?
There are many private and public hospitals in Turkey. The quality of healthcare varies, but hospitals are generally efficient and doctors well trained. Turkey has actually gained a reputation as a medical tourism destination, particularly in the areas of cosmetic surgery, dentistry and fertility treatments.
It is difficult to get a work permit in Turkey?
Getting a work permit for Turkey can be difficult as there are restrictions on which jobs are available to foreigners, and employers will also have to prove that a local does not possess the skills required for the job. Expats will therefore need to find a job before making moving to Turkey.
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