Why an Increasing Number of Turkish Nationals are Seeking Maltese Residency and Citizenship

Admin | 01 Mar 2023

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Over the years, Malta has successfully attracted a large number of Turkish nationals who apply for Maltese residency or citizenship through the Malta Permanent Residence Programme or the Malta Citizenship by Direct Investment Regulations. There are a number of reasons why Turkish citizens are applying for Maltese residency and citizenship. These include ease of travel, political and economic stability, multiple business opportunities, and high-level healthcare and education for their families. According to Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, over 6.5 million of Turkey's total population is currently living abroad.   

Easy Travel 

One of the key reasons for the increasing interest of Turkish nationals in applying for Malta residency through the Malta Permanent Residence Programme is the ability to travel visa-free within the Schengen zone, which is made up of 27 countries. A Turkish passport allows visa-free travel to 110 countries, while a Maltese passport allows visa-free access to 187 countries. Ease of travel is thus attractive to Turkish citizens who may face travel restrictions due to their own country’s passport limitations.  

Safety and Security in Malta

Safety and security are also factors which investors look at when considering to apply for a second residency or citizenship. According to the World Risk Report 2020, Malta is one of the safest countries in the world. The crime rate in Malta is relatively low and the island has a strong police presence who maintain safety and security. Overall, Malta is considered a safe and welcoming destinations for those living on the island. A second residency or citizenship can also provide a sense of security and stability, particularly in times of political uncertainty.   

Healthcare and Education 

Maltese citizens enjoy the benefit of free healthcare and education. Such rights are not afforded to residents unless they work and pay social security in Malta.  According to the World Health Organisation, Malta has the fifth-best health care system in the world. Malta’s European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) offers Maltese citizens the benefit of receiving healthcare when travelling in any EU country. Citizens of Malta get to enjoy free medical services including prescriptions, hospitalisation, and childbirth, all of which is covered by the state fund through national insurance and taxation. Overall, the healthcare system is considered to be of excellent quality with a high standard of care and well-trained healthcare professionals. Malta, also has one of the highest life expectancies in the world and low infant mortality rate. In addition to public healthcare, Malta also has a number of private hospitals that provide medical services.  

Malta also enjoys a well-established education system that provides free education to all Maltese citizens and residents. Education in Malta is divided into three main levels: primary. secondary and tertiary education. Children of Turkish nationals opting for Malta citizenship can benefit from good quality and free education as well. In addition, one can also find a number of independent private schools which cater for international students. Students also get to receive high-quality education in universities all over the EU without a student visa and on a considerably lower tuition fee than what non-EU residents have to pay.  

Business Opportunities in Malta

Residency or citizenship in Malta also open up business opportunities in other countries, including access to new markets, new partnerships, and new investments. Obtaining a second residency or citizenship makes it easier to travel without having to wait for a visa and thus increasing business opportunities. Malta itself is one of the fastest growing economies in Europe and provides a number of opportunities ready to be discovered. Malta enjoys a strategic geographical location, good telecommunications, excellent transshipment and distribution facilities, corporate tax benefits, and a well-educated work force.  

Quality of Life 

Malta is a small and safe country offering a high quality of life. The island has a Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters, a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant expat community which may be appealing to Turkish nationals seeking a better quality of life. The island enjoys a rich cultural heritage with historical sites, museums, and art galleries. The Maltese Constitution also guarantees freedom of religion, and everyone is free to practice their faith without any hindrance.  

Turkish nationals can get in touch with us today to find out more about the application procedure for obtaining Malta Residency or Citizenship, including the requirements and benefits of Malta’s immigration programmes.  


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