Black Sea

Tea pickers on high demand amid travel curbs

Tea growers in the eastern Black Sea region are desperately looking for workers to harvest tea on their land plants after authorities have introduced curbs on travel and limited entrance to and exit from the cities.

Potential tea plantation workers are offered a salary of 6,900 Turkish Liras (around $1000) and all social security benefits.

Turkey continues to evacuate nationals from abroad

As part of Turkey's efforts to evacuate its nationals from abroad amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, it brought back a
total of 622 nationals on April 29. 

From Iraq, 289 Turkish nationals were airlifted to Turkey's central city of Eskişehir.

Meanwhile, a total of 333 were flown in from Russia, arriving at the Ordu-Giresun Airport in northern Turkey.

Elderly population increases 22 pct over five years

Turkey's elderly population has risen by 21.9 percent over the past five years, according to statistics released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) on March 18.

TÜİK stated that the population of people over the age of 65 in Turkey had risen to 7.55 million in 2019, up from 6.65 million in 2014.

Turkey’s top diplomat slams ex-ambassadors over Montreux Treaty row

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has criticized a joint declaration signed by 126 retired ambassadors who said that the proposed Kanal Istanbul project may bring the validity of the 1936-dated Montreux Convention into question to the disadvantage of the Turkish interests.