Property Investment in Turkey for Iraqis 2023

Property Investment in Turkey for Iraqis 2023




Table of Contents:

  1. Iraqi-Turkish Relations
  2. Future Trends in Iraqi-Turkish Relations
  3. Types of Investments Supported by Iraq in Turkey
  4. Volume of Real Estate Investments in Turkey
  5. Why Iraqis Choose to Invest in Turkey?



Turkey has embraced cultures and peoples from around the world throughout its history. It served as a melting pot for diverse civilizations, notably the ancient Ottoman civilization, making it a refuge for many people from the Arab and foreign worlds. Turkey continues to open its doors to those seeking stability and security on its land.

Many Iraqi citizens have chosen to live and invest their money in Turkey due to concerns about political and economic insecurity in their own country. Turkey has become a destination for those seeking a more stable environment.


Iraqi-Turkish Relations

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The relationship between Iraq and Turkey has remained robust. Even during the earlier days of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were 17 daily flights between the two countries, carrying approximately 3,500 passengers daily. According to economic analyst Hussein Alawi, there has been a recent surge in the popularity of Turkish products in Iraq. Turkey experienced a 23.6% growth in its exports to Iraq, resulting in a total trade volume of $15.2 billion between the two countries in 2022.


Future Trends in Iraqi-Turkish Relations


In a groundbreaking initiative, Iraq launched a $17 billion project to extend a railway and roads, connecting the southern port of Faw to the Turkish border. According to the General Manager of the Iraqi Ports Company, Farhan Al-Fartousi, work is expected to commence at the beginning of next year, with the project anticipated to be completed by 2029. He emphasized the historical significance of Iraq's return to a prominent role in civilization, stating, "No matter how long Iraq is absent from the cultural scene... for a year or two, a decade or two, it must return one day."

Khaled Ajar, the head of the Turkish-Iraqi Business Council, affirmed efforts to surpass $20 billion in trade between the two countries by the end of 2023. This involves increasing exports, trade, and investments between the nations.



Types of Investments Supported by Iraq in Turkey


Iraqi entrepreneurs in Turkey now own hundreds of companies and institutions, including factories, stores, and warehouses, engaging in various economic activities such as manufacturing, importing, exporting, and Turkish real estate transactions. Their influence extends across all investment sectors in Turkey, including real estate, industry, as well as tourism, education, and healthcare sectors.


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Volume of Real Estate Investments in Turkey

Iraq leads the list of Arab nations with the highest property purchases in Turkey. These investments encompass residential buildings, apartments, villas, and offices. About 40% of these investments are in Istanbul, 24% in Antalya, and the remaining 36% are distributed across various provinces.
The Iraqi community in Turkey has purchased around 47,000 properties in the past eight years, spanning various residential and commercial sectors. This positions them in third place among foreign nationalities buying Turkish properties, trailing behind Iranian and Russian investors.

Why Iraqis Choose to Invest in Turkey?

Iraqis are drawn to invest in Turkey for several reasons. Turkey stands out as a politically and economically stable country, even amidst current regional challenges, such as fluctuations in the lira's value and an increase in the inflation rate. In 2021, Turkey maintained its global standing, ranking 11th in terms of Gross Domestic Product. This positive economic and regional stability is expected to persist in 2024, buoyed by Turkey's advancing economic indicators. Additionally, Turkey provides facilitative legal procedures regarding ownership, citizenship, and residency permits.
Turkey's strategic location, along with its proximity to Iraq, has established it as an affordable tourist destination. The presence of Kurds in the region deepens economic and political ties between the two countries. Turkey's Islamic cultural identity, influenced by the East, helps blend the two cultures, showcasing a historical connection dating back to the Ottoman era.
A well-known Turkish saying, highlighted by journalist Manal Akin, underscores this lasting connection: "Keep asking, and you'll discover the answer in Baghdad." This underscores Baghdad's significance as the origin of knowledge, civilization, and culture in the eyes of the Turks.
In education, Turkish government schools provide free education to all Arab communities, including the Iraqi community. Turkish schools are renowned for their high-quality education. Additionally, there is a proliferation of Iraqi private and international schools in Turkey.
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Turkey is a politically and economically stable country, maintaining its resilience despite the current regional challenges. The fluctuations in the lira's value and the rise in inflation rates have not deterred Turkey from retaining its position among the world's nations. In 2021, it secured the 11th rank in terms of Gross Domestic Product, showcasing the positive reflection of its economic and regional stability. The accelerated trajectory projected for Turkey in 2024 indicates a continued path of prosperity and progress. Protection Status