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Expat Guide to Living in Izmir

Whether you're already living in Izmir or preparing to move to Izmir, our Expat Guide to Living in Turkey offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Izmir. For answers to specific questions, visit our Turkey Forum to talk with expats in Izmir.

Dream vs Reality of Living in Izmir, Turkey

I am very happy to be in Izmir. I see a lot of potential for us to become educated and to enjoy a more humanistic lifestyle. Like many Expats who have come to Turkey for retirement, we have managed to live more cheaply and within our means here than in our home country.

More Culture Shock Reports for Izmir

Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Izmir handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Izmir:
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More Living in Izmir Reports

What are people's priorities in Izmir - work? family? socializing? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in Izmir:
Submit a Living Overseas Report

More Moving to Izmir Reports

What should you take with you when you move to Izmir? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Izmir? Below are some of the responses from expats in Izmir:
Submit a Moving Overseas Report

Dream vs. Reality of Living in Izmir Reports

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Izmir. If you are already living in Izmir, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not. Below are some of the reports from expats in Izmir:
Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report

Overseas Retirement Report

Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Izmir by filling out our Overseas Retirement report.

Submit a Retire Abroad Report

Having a Baby Abroad Report

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Izmir? Help other expats who are preparing to have a baby in Izmir by filling out our Having a Baby Abroad Report.

Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report

Working in Izmir Reports

What's it like to find a job in Izmir? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Izmir? Below are some of the reports from expats in Izmir:
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