We start a nine part series today looking at the results of the survey of foreign residents carried out last year.

Some readers will recall the survey carried out in 2006 which was funded by the Turkish Scientific and Technological Council (TUBITAK).  In late June of that year we started giving out questionnaires in Fethiye, initially in Migros Cafe, and then via some of the local bars. Fethiye Times advertised the survey and encouraged people to make the effort to complete a questionnaire.   Filling out of questionnaires continued until late November, in other places as well as Fethiye, and the final report, in Turkish, is a telephone directory-sized document which was finally agreed with TUBITAK late in 2007.  It has yet to be translated in full.

However, an article in English which outlines the research and its results, will soon be published in the academic journal ‘Space, Time and Place’ and Fethiye Times is pleased to be able to share the results of the survey with you our readers.

In total 504 questionnaires were completed in Fethiye, Antalya, Alanya, Kaş, Kalkan, Marmaris, Bodrum, Didim, Kuşadası  and  ƥşme.  ‘Settled foreigners’ were defined as non-Turks, owning or renting (long-term) property in Turkey and spending at least six months of each year in the country.

In addition to the completion of questionnaires data was gathered via interviews.  A total of 48 interviews were conducted in English (26), Dutch (6) and Turkish (14) with the 26 English-speaking interviewees including 3 Danish and 4 Norwegian residents of Turkey.  The Turks interviewed comprised public sector employees and representatives from local administrations, bank workers, business owners and representatives of local organizations.  Settled foreigners taking part in interviews were teachers, business owners and other professionals, together with people who had particular knowledge relevant to the context from their active social involvement in the area where they live.

So what did we learn from the survey? Watch this space to find out.