Turkey’s Diaspora Governance Policies And Diasporas from Turkey In Germany: A Critical Reading Of The Changing Dynamics

Bahar Baser Ozturk, Ahmet Erdi Ozturk

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Abstract

Last year over 10,000 Turkish citizens applied for asylum in Germany; 1 the year before it was approximately 8000. 2 Normally only one-third of these applications are approved by the German authorities. These numbers show that since the authoritarian turn in Turkey, which gained momentum after the Gezi protests in 2013 and reached its peak after the coup attempt in 2016, Turkish citizens are leaving the country despite the somewhat harsh asylum conditions that they face in Europe. Approximately 50% of those who leave seek asylum in Germany3 , but there are also thousands who leave the country via golden visas or work permits. Newspapers have published alarming statisticsthat indicate a significant brain drain from Turkey, 4 and those leaving the country constitute a heterogeneous crowd: there are former Turkish diplomats, 5 academics who signed a petition calling for peace in southeastern
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKinship and Diasporas in Turkish Foreign Policy
EditorsMete Hatay, Zenonas Tziarras
PublisherPRIO
Chapter3
Pages29-45
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

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