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Turkey and the state of emergency. Should foreigners be worried?

21st July 2016

Turkey and the state of emergency. Should foreigners be worried?

Without getting political, we just wanted to give you some information on what a state of emergency will actually mean.

Turkey's president has declared a state of emergency for three months following Friday night's failed army coup.

The declaration allows the president and cabinet to bypass parliament when drafting new laws and to suspend or restrict rights and freedoms.

The Turkish government now has radically enhanced powers for at least three months. This can be extended to six months.

The president and his cabinet will be able to enforce curfews or restrictions on freedom of assembly and on publications in addition to having more powers of arrest.

So, should we be worried?

The government's response after the events of July 15th are pretty normal. I know there has been a lot of scaremongering going around. I have heard people talk about 'throwing out foreigners', 'the country is in lockdown'.

I would urge you to refrain from panic.

You will all know that the Ministry of Education has had a lot of activity lately. The people at the top at higher education institutions have been asked to resign. Other senior staff have either been removed or asked to resign. Civil servants have had their leave suspended, and are required to have permission before being able to leave the country.

I know there are a lot of foreigners working as teachers in Turkey. Unfortunately we are not sure exactly how it will work in terms of foreign teachers being able to leave the country. We think you should seek advice from your schools for the time being.

I do not predict that there will be a great change in your normal day-to-day life. However, please insure you carry your ID's, and ikamet's with you at all times, as there will be increased checks. It kills me to say this but,

I suggest you be very careful whom you share your opinions with, as not only is the country administratively in a state of emergency but, there is a lot of emotion in the air.

As a last note, just remember a high number of countries are on security alerts so please remain vigilant.

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