We left Turkey almost 2 years ago to come here to Bulgaria as we could see the way the wind was blowing politically. Also, costs for even the most everyday items in Turkey have risen to prohibitive levels - food costs and fuel costs in particular.
I visited in August this year, and at that time, just to give an example, a kilo of minced meat was being offered on TV as a special offer for 28 Lira a kilo.(The Lira and Leva are worth around the same)
The current Turkish government are pro-Islamic and things are definitely changing in what used to be a very relaxed "Muslim" country. Secularism is on the wane, Islamification on the rise. This by the way is not just my opinion, my Turkish friends say the same, and many are trying to find work outside of Turkey.
As far as expats are concerned; it is impossible to work legally in Turkey, so with rising costs and a fixed income and no prospect of even part time work to up your finances, a move is the only way forward.Working illegally in Turkey is insane, as the penalties if you are caught range from large fines to deportation and seizure of your Turkish assets!
Bulgaria is I think appealing for former Turkey expats for a variety of reasons.
It's only a border away for a start, so it's easy to investigate and explore before committing yourself; property here is cheap - and since many Turkey expats come here to buy and THEN find a buyer for their Turkish property, that's important as they are in many cases using their remaining savings to buy here till they sell there if you follow me.
The cost of living in Bulgaria is a LOT cheaper, including of course food, of which there are more choices in Bulgarian supermarkets too.and for those who want to operate a company and work Bulgaria is very attractive as are the tax rates.
Speaking from personal experience, after spending years in Turkey where there are really only two seasons - hot summers and very cold windy rainy winters - the four seasons here act like a tonic on me.
As you know BornToLaze, I am in the Elhovo area, and so far it hasn't turned into Altinkum - I sincerely hope it doesn't - as people are scattered far and wide among the villages, so we haven't got the hard core static gatherings of expats as found in Didim, Altinkum, Kusadasi and Marmaris, it's on market days that Elhovo seems a bit English as everyone comes in to shop, and why not?
This area is popular for lots of reasons, one being its proximity to the Lesovo border crossing - I can be in Edirne drinking Turkish tea and enjoying the vibe in 40 minutes - so the expats coming here can enjoy a lower cost of living and less stress but still get a Turkey fix whenever they like!
We still like Turkey and indeed still visit there, but we are very glad we made the move here.
Bulgaria may not be for everyone - in fact i am sure it's not - but it certainly seems to be ticking the boxes for a lot of Turkey expats.
A warm Welcome to all the newcomers.