Sedat Karaman, Zeki Gokalp
Full Text PDF | Infrastructure, Rural settlement, Turkey, Village.
Rural settlements are common in countries with economies largely dependent on agriculture and in countries where much of the population is employed in agricultural sector. Such settlements are also quite common in Turkey. Legal regulations on settlement-structuring are practiced exactly in the same fashion throughout the country in Turkey. Social, economic, geographical and environmental issues are not considered. Low life standards in villages due to insufficient social and technical infrastructure force rural people to migrate cities. The migration from rural to urban has still on-going since 1950s. Certain infrastructural services should be provided to rural settlements to keep them alive and allow them to perform functions and activities expected from them. Basic infrastructural services should be provided to rural people in order to let them to serve for the development of the country in concert with the other sections of the country. In this study, current status of rural settlements of Turkey was assessed, potential problems were identified and solutions were proposed for such problems.