Legal challenges lodged against status change for Turkish entrepreneurs in Britain

Turkish entrepreneurs who have migrated to Britain under the terms of the 1963 Ankara Agreement are challenging a decision by the British Home Office to remove their right to remain permanently in the country, the Financial Times said.

“The decades-old visa scheme for Turkish entrepreneurs coming to the UK promised people the right to apply for indefinite leave to remain in Britain after four years,” it wrote.

“Many of them came to Britain partly to escape the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s increasingly autocratic president.”

At least two groups of Turkish entrepreneurs, 500- and 800-strong respectively, have lodged challenges to the decision, the newspaper said.

The Home Office said it would create a new route for Turkish businesspeople to settle permanently but has not yet set out the terms for it.

12,470 Turks were granted the visas between 2014 and 2017, the Financial Times said.