|World Watch List Rank||36|
|World Watch List Score||63/100|
|Leader||President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan|
|Population||83 million I 173,000|
|WWL Rank in 2019||26|
|Persecution Level||Very High Persecution|
In Turkey, Islam and strong nationalism coexist, making it hard for Christians to proclaim the gospel. Though converting to Christianity is not illegal in Turkey, it is widely considered as unacceptable. Christians often feel pressured to stay silent and hide their faith.
For Christians who cannot share their faith with their family, they’re often too afraid to meet up with fellow believers, and become isolated. Outspoken believers can face discrimination in their workplace and in the legal system. They are viewed as second-class citizens and are closely watched by their family and community. They may even be placed under house arrest.
Some Christians are also falsely accused of crimes they didn’t commit. Whilst the marginalisation of Christians looks to be increasing in Turkey, the church remains faithful and is growing stronger each day.
Open Doors is raising prayer for believers in difficult situations, and prayer in general for Turkey.