Turkish voices – Binnaz Saktanber says many young Turkish professionals feel trapped between their brains, which tell them to leave the country, and their hearts, which tell them to stay. She asked her friends and peers about their own feelings. Flip through this gallery to see what they had to say.
Turkish voices – Demet Gulcicek, 26 is a master student in sociology, who plans to go abroad for her PhD. She wants to come back after finishing her studies and was inspired by the Occupy Gezi movement in which she was active. "I want to be part of the resistance although I am not happy living in such political turmoil."
Turkish voices – "I think anybody who can afford even a plane ticket or a place to stay, would go. And migrants who once wanted to go back to Turkey would at least delay their return. Nobody wants to live under a government who oppresses and discriminates against its people," says Elif Key, 42, a journalist who moved to the U.S. a year ago.
Turkish voices – In the latest backlash against the opposition, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "eradicate" Twitter, ordering the social media site to be taken down. His move sparked widespread protests.
Turkish voices – Selvi Akyildiz, 27, was born to a Turkish father and an English mother and grew up in Oxford. During the Gezi protests she quit her job and moved back to Turkey in July. "It seems strange to leave a decent life in London, but I'd much rather be here witnessing what is going on," she said. "I will vote for the first time ever in Turkey. I'm apprehensive about the local elections, however I want to contribute. The time is now and I am here to stay."
Turkish voices – Şenay Ataselim, 40, is the Chief Operating Officer of Turkish Philanthropy Fund. She moved to U.S. to go to graduate school with the intention of coming back. She has changed her mind since.
"I thought getting a graduate degree from US was necessary for a decent job in Turkey, where I planned to live. Now I do not want to go back. I do not want to raise my child in such a negative atmosphere." (File photo)
Turkish voices – Murat Yılmaz, 40, PR professional, moved to New York in 1999 with a plan to come back. He too changed his mind. "What educated skilled individual would want to live in a dictatorship? Anybody who has an opportunity to flee would do so." (File photo)