Brain drain casts shadow on Turkey’s centenary

People wait for their turn at a visa application center in Istanbul, Friday, Nov. 3, 2023. [Emrah Gurel/AP]

Huseyin Buyukdag says he loves Turkey and his job as a teacher. But with the rampant economic crisis and growing repression in his country, he said he and his wife have decided to try and find a better life in Germany.

They are among a growing number of young and educated looking to leave Turkey, where rights and freedoms are being eroded and inflation is surging under increasingly authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

After Erdogan secured a third term in office in May elections, things are unlikely to change, he says.

"Even if I don't want this, even if I hate this, I will … leave this beautiful country," the 27-year-old English teacher told The Associated Press.

Buyukdag and his wife, a nurse, live in the impoverished southeastern province of Sirnak. Their government-appointed jobs bring the two roughly up to €1,636 a month - over the official...

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