Russian vacationers, who visit the Turkish resort city of Antalya, often decide to settle, a Russian official said on Thursday.
"Antalya is like a second home to Russians. Antalya is a wonderful city for both holiday and settlement," Irina Balci, the head of the Russian Art and Culture Association, told Anadolu Agency.
Alina Sergeyeva, a vacationer who later settled in the city, said she has lived in Antalya for around three years.
"I love living and working here. Not only me, but all Russians are fond of Antalya," she said, adding that her friends started to visit her when the travel restrictions were lifted.
Ivanova, a kindergarten teacher, also said she came to Antalya because there were better job opportunities.
According to the Turkish Statistical Institute, Antalya's population rose by 1.5% last year, exceeding 2.54 million. A total of 18,905 Russians currently live in the city.
Antalya, which hosted an average of 15 million tourists a year before the COVID-19 pandemic, has a particular significance among cities foreigners prefer to settle in.
*Writing by Gozde Bayar in Ankara.