REVISTA DE ESTUDIOS REGIONALES (SEGUNDA EPOCA), vol.0, no.0, 2025 (ESCI)
Each year, approximately 2,5 million people in Turkey migrate from one place to another. Examining the relationship between internal migration and public policies, this study aims to demonstrate which of the public policies have an effect on the mass that moves within Turkey every year. The relationship between internal migration and central government expenditures is estimated using the gravity model of migration with many levels of fixed effects for the period 2008 to 2017. The data used in this analysis came from the General Administration Financial Statistics and Address-Based Population Registration System for the period 2014–2017. The findings of the study show that internal migration in Turkey has a positive relationship with the population and a negative relationship with distance. The presence of a relative in the migrated city has a positive effect on migration. Regarding the functional classification of public expenditures, education expenditures have the largest and most positive effect on internal migration.