Despite the language difficulties outlined in the previous article, it seems the vast majority of the sample felt that they had good relationships with Turks. We explore this further.

Despite the language difficulties outlined in the previous article, it seems the vast majority of the sample felt that they had good relationships with Turks.  In answer to the question ‘Do you have close Turkish friends?’ 406 out of 495 (82%) said ‘Yes’.  And to the related question ‘Do you think that relations between the Turks and foreigners are good in general?’ 447 out of 490 (91.2%) also said ‘Yes’.  It may be that a lack of understanding of Turkish colours these opinions.  Here is an alternative view from an interviewee:

Relationships between Turks and foreigners can sometimes be good and at other times bad.  I am married to a Turk and can speak Turkish.  I do not have problems interacting with Turks.  But this is not always the case ……….. there are many Turks here who are angry with the English because they feel the English settling have forced prices up and generally ‘spoiled’ the area.  You can find many Turks who complain like this.  At the same time it seems some sections of the Turkish community are almost paranoid about foreigners.”

96% of the sample confirmed that they said ‘positive things about Turkey to friends/family in their own country.’  There would seem to be a benefit, however small, to Turkey, in settled foreigners’ frequent visits to their countries of origin.

Visits

Frequency

Percentage

At least three times a year

110

21.8

Twice a year

139

27.6

Once a year

125

24.8

None

88

17.5

Missing

42

8.3

Total

504

100

Only 74 respondents had a Turkish spouse or partner although 75% of the whole sample was married or living with someone.  75% also had children but only 14% still had at least one child living with them.  This was consistent with a sample in which the majority of respondents were over 50 and most of whose children are already adults.

A significant number of respondents, 74% of the sample, first came to Turkey from 1994 onwards when Turkey’s tourist trade began to grow.  Details of ‘first visits’ are given below:

Period

No. coming to Turkey for first time

Pre-1991

89

1991-94

58

1995-98

77

1999-2002

93

2003-2006

146

Total

463

Next time we’ll look at respondents’ attitudes to bureaucracy and environmental issues which were the two most common ‘problem areas’ cited in the survey.

LEAVE A REPLY