All News on Social Issues in Turkey

Turkey marks 87th anniversary of women’s suffrage

Women in Turkey, who got the right to vote and be elected in 1934 before many European countries, celebrated the 87th anniversary of getting full suffrage on Dec. 5.

EU provides additional funds for refugees in Turkey

The EU has allocated an additional 325 million euros to extend the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) program until early 2023, the European Commission has announced.

Hike in pet food prices concerning animal lovers

A sudden hike in animal food and the high value-added tax put animal lovers in a challenging situation, forcing them to call on Turkish authorities to make discounts on the vital product.

Drug addicts mostly violence victims, report shows

A recent report on the use of drugs in Turkey prepared by a platform has studied the background and latest situation of drug addicts in the country, revealing a link between physical violence experienced during childhood and addiction.

Number of people with HIV-positive rises: Expert

The number of people infected annually with HIV in Turkey is gradually rising, a health professional says.

Speaking to Demirören News Agency on Dec. 1, the day marked internationally as World AIDS Day to raise awareness of the disease, Şua Sümer from Selçuk University said that the number of HIV-positive people across the country increased by 7,000 in the last three years.

Project to support women cooperatives starts in pilot provinces

A project to support and improve women cooperatives in Turkey, conducted by three ministries and funded by the European Union, has started in 24 out of the country's entire 81 provinces, daily Milliyet reported.

UK nominates movie on gender-based violence in Turkey for Oscars

A British-made documentary about pervasive gender-based violence in Turkey has been selected as the United Kingdom's Oscar nominee for the 94th Academy Awards, to be held in March in Los Angeles.

Directed by Chloe Fairweather, "Dying to Divorce" has been selected to represent Britain at the Oscars as the official entry in the Best International Feature Film category.

Turkey builds ‘new city’ in Idlib for displaced Syrians

Turkey has established a new residential region in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib to host all the Syrians displaced from their houses amid the civil war in the country that has been going on since 2011.

Coast Guard rescues 100 irregular migrants at sea

The Turkish Coast Guard has rescued nearly 100 irregular migrants in the Aegean Sea over the weekend.

Acting on the information that a group of irregular migrants were sailing in a boat off the coast of Karaada in the Çeşme district of the western province of İzmir, the Coast Guard launched an operation.

The team rescued 29 irregular migrants.

Greece opens two more 'closed' migrant camps

Greece on Nov. 27 opened two more of its new "closed" migrant camps that have been criticized by rights groups for their restrictive measures.

"A new era is beginning," Minister of Migration Notis Mitarachi said announcing the opening of the camps on the islands of Leros and Kos.

At least 34 irregular migrants caught across country

At least 34 irregular migrants have been apprehended during security checks and operations conducted in Turkish provinces, security sources said.

Turkish police teams in the northwestern province of Kocaeli's Gebze district were tipped off that a group of foreign nationals would be dispatched to the country's western provinces by a minibus.

Turkish Police Disperses Women Protesters With Tear Gas

Turkish police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse women protesters who marched on Thursday night to mark International Day for the Elimination Violence Against Women.

"We are not silenced, we do not fear and we do not obey," the women chanted together in the streets of Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Mersin and other cities and towns.

Mitsotakis to Τhe Washington Post – Growth over 7% this year

The impressive recovery of the Greek economy in recent years, as well as tensions with Turkey and migration were the focus of an interview given by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to Lally Weymouth of the Washington Post under the headline "Greece was in deep trouble. How did it right the ship?"

Inquiry launched over controversial law in Bolu province

Turkey's Interior Ministry has launched an inquiry into Tanju Özcan, the mayor of the northwestern province of Bolu, after a controversy over a law enforcing an eleven-fold increase in water bills and a markup in fees for performing a marriage ceremony for foreigners.