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Registering children at birth in Turkey
1.       Janette1169
92 posts
 19 Aug 2008 Tue 01:35 pm

Recently while on hols i was chatting to lady who is married to a turkish man. we gt talking about the fact that some turkish men look considerably older than the years they say they are.

 

Im not sure what follows is entirely true..... she told me the reason for men lookin older is that some parents do not register their children till they are 7/8 yrs old , so by the time it does come to registering the child they dont know excatly how old the child is.

 

She added it is something to do with the fact that the boys have to army call up so it prolongs their stay at home ????? very odd i think.

 

However what made me think this to have some truth to it is ...  i was chatting to a waiter last year and he said im 29.. 30 in November.. then this year he told me hes 33 ! and this has happened with other folk i have chatted too also, the difference in ages been told.

 

Any members have any thoughts or opinions on this subject. be interesting to read any if you have.

 

 

Janette

2.       MarioninTurkey
6124 posts
 19 Aug 2008 Tue 01:56 pm

Hi. We often debate this in the insurance industry: the official age of someone is the age on their ID card, even if their real date of birth was a lot earlier.

 

Stories are told of how, when Atatürk introduced registration, they had to guess at the date of birth of old people, who only knew they were born in the bad winter in the year of the earthquake etc.

 

Until a few years ago, the practice in village areas of registering boys a few years late, so that they would go to military service later, was widespread.  Now we all have computerised ID cards, and it is a crime not to register a baby within a few days of birth, so this can´t happen so easily now.

 

3.       justinetime
1018 posts
 19 Aug 2008 Tue 03:05 pm

oh yes.... i know of someone who was born on August 1, but he was registered on Aug 3. I´m not sure, but although he was registered on Aug 3, he bases his age according to his real bday, and not on the day he was registered. and it really doesn´t make much difference since it´s only a few days...

 

but i can´t imagine someone being born then registered months after.for me, it´s sort of "ironic" to base your age not on the year you were born but on the time you were registered.

4.       pansi
94 posts
 19 Aug 2008 Tue 03:11 pm

we still dont know my mother-in-law birthday either, as she was registred few months after she was born.

5.       teaschip
3870 posts
 19 Aug 2008 Tue 03:27 pm

Quote:

We often debate this in the insurance industry: the official age of someone is the age on their ID card, even if their real date of birth was a lot earlier

 

So how does this work then for retirement etc. when age is a factor?  How about attending school?  I can understand mothers who don´t want their sons to go into the military, but my goodness doesn´t this confuse things for later in life.

6.       Janette1169
92 posts
 19 Aug 2008 Tue 05:40 pm

My thoughts excatly ! especially if they dont register the child for yrs to come. The lady i chatted with her said her husband was 25 plus the 7 yrs of not been rigistered , but like you say what about school in the days before id cards??

 

 

7.       doudi94
845 posts
 19 Aug 2008 Tue 05:56 pm

 

Quoting justinetime

oh yes.... i know of someone who was born on August 1, but he was registered on Aug 3. I´m not sure, but although he was registered on Aug 3, he bases his age according to his real bday, and not on the day he was registered. and it really doesn´t make much difference since it´s only a few days...

 

but i can´t imagine someone being born then registered months after.for me, it´s sort of "ironic" to base your age not on the year you were born but on the time you were registered.

 

 hahahaah, Sometimes the same thing happens in Egypt but not a difference of months or years but a difference of days!The same tghing happened to my dad he was born march 21 and they registered him march 29 but that was because in the 60´s paper work used to take a long time and now we celebrate his birthday twice a year but i still get mixed up sometimes! But its a really good excuse if u forget his birthday,"No dad ypur birthday´s not today!its on the 29th!"{#lang_emotions_wink}{#lang_emotions_lol}

8.       peacetrain
1905 posts
 19 Aug 2008 Tue 06:11 pm

 

Quoting Janette1169

My thoughts excatly ! especially if they dont register the child for yrs to come. The lady i chatted with her said her husband was 25 plus the 7 yrs of not been rigistered , but like you say what about school in the days before id cards??

 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcwuUj8ba4I&feature=related 

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