A closer look at Turkey’s changing diaspora
Back in the 1960s, Turkey promoted emigration as a tool for development and growth – to decrease unemployment and benefit from capital inflows through remittances. Today, the total population of Turkish people living abroad exceeds 6.5 million, with the majority in western Europe. The EU-funded DIASPORALANDS project will study Turkey’s evolution of diasporic landscapes in view of the democratic decline and regime change in Turkey over the past 10 years. The project will focus on Turkey’s diaspora communities in Germany and the United Kingdom. It will investigate how Turkey’s descent into authoritarianism has impacted diaspora spaces. Combining qualitative and quantitative methods, the project will bring together bottom-up voices with top-down narratives. It will shed light on the relationship between Turkey, its diasporas and host countries. The findings will increase our theoretical and empirical understanding of diaspora politics in Europe.
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