Middle East Eye

Nearly 1,000 foreign citizens, mostly from Middle Eastern countries, have been given Turkish citizenship in exchange for investment since last September, Middle East Eye can reveal.

Turkish Interior Ministry statistics show that more than $1bn was brought into Turkey through cash deposits or property purchases that eased the path towards citizenship for citizens of Turkey’s Middle Eastern neighbours.

Another 1,700 applications are pending as of July, with most of them coming from citizens of Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine, Jordan and Egypt.

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