Jan 04 2019

Turkish MP questions why engineers moving to Netherlands

A Turkish opposition member of parliament submitted a formal question to parliament asking why more than 100 Turkish defence engineers had been transferred to the Netherlands, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported on Friday.

More than 100 Turkish engineers working for Turkey’s Defence Industries Research and Development Institute, Turkish Aerospace Industries Incorporation, and ASELSAN, a company of the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation have recently moved to the Netherlands, media said. 

İlhami Özcan Aygun, a deputy for the leftist main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) said the Netherlands had offered the engineers citizenship as an incentive for them to leave Turkey. 

Aygun said that not only escalated the brain drain in Turkey, but also put the continuity of the country’s strategic projects in danger. 

Aygun asked Defence Minister Hulusi Akar to explain what measures the government had taken in order to counter the brain drain given the economic downturn and the fall in the value of the lira. 

More than a quarter of a million Turks emigrated in 2017, according to the Turkish Institute of Statistics, an increase of 42 percent from 2016.