The construction industry was an important segment of
Turkish Cypriot economy and provided about 10 percent of
and about 7 percent of GDP in the late l980s. Demand for
especially for the refugees displaced by the events of
extensive work on the infrastructure, and a rapidly
tourist industry accounted for much of this activity.
Governmentfinanced housing programs for civil servants also helped
the construction industry. The cost of government
of this kind was cheaper than in the private sector and
ordinary wage-earners to become homeowners.
Data as of January 1991