The research -- conducted with the goal of determining feelings and thoughts concerning aid-providing institutions and establishments, determining problems in implementation of welwfare rules and coming up with solutions -- suggests that the vast majority of Turkey’s beneficiaries are not content with surviving from welfare. Titled “The Study on Social Welfare Perceptions and Poverty Culture,” the project involved 2,032 households in 30 of Turkey’s 81 provinces that had at least one person above age 18 who had benefitted from welfare for more than two years.
Nearly half of welfare recipients are illiterate, while 41.8 percent only completed elementary school. Married persons constitute 61.3 percent of recipients, widows and widowers make up 28.1 percent and divorced individuals account for 5.3 percent, while singles make up 4.1 percent of the welfare demographic.
The average monthly income for households is TL 300 or less for 70.9 percent of families on welfare -- well below the poverty line. Nearly two-thirds of welfare recipients live in homes that are smaller than 75 square meters, while 82.2 percent have a television in the household -- as compared to only 3.4 percent with a computer and 1.8 percent with Internet access.