Number of French nationals working in Turkey up 11 pct in 2012
According to a report by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the number of French nationals working in Turkey increased 11 percent year-on-year in 2012, the Aksam Daily reported on Tuesday. The report said that the continued crisis has been negatively affecting employment across Europe as finding jobs becomes harder for Europeans, leading them to leave their home countries to seek for jobs in developing countries. The ministry's report revealed that Turkey is the top country of choice for French nationals. Another report prepared by Equance, a company that provides consulting services for French people looking for jobs abroad, also showed that Turkey was the top choice. As of 2013, the number of French nationals living in Turkey is 7,367. Data from Kariyer.net, Turkey's leading job-seeking website, shows that there are about 8,000 profiles of French job seekers in the system. Kariyer.net general manager Yusuf Azoz said that: "We could say that this is a result of globalization. The trend started with directors but the boundaries of the labor force are being lifted. The importance of nationality is today's labor market is also declining." Pointing to Turkey's economic stability and the opportunities in its job market while many countries are experiencing difficulties, Azoz said that this is another reason for Turkey's attractiveness among job seekers. Azoz also stated that the number of foreign applicants on Kariyer.net went up by 34 percent in 2011 year-on-year and by 112 percent in 2012, adding that applications by French nationals also increased by 7 percent over the past two years. He said that the main jobs that foreigners typically apply for are sales staff, engineers, accountants, clerks, interpreters, teachers and executive assistants. The French ministry's report showed that as of the end of 2012, the number of French nationals living abroad totals 1.6 million, an increase of 1.1 percent from 2011 to 2012.