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Euro-Turks: A Bridge or a Breach between Turkey and the European Union? A Comparative Study of French-Turks and German-Turks. CEPS EU-Turkey Working Papers No. 14, 1 January 2005

Kaya, Ayhan and Kentel, Ferhat. (2005) Euro-Turks: A Bridge or a Breach between Turkey and the European Union? A Comparative Study of French-Turks and German-Turks. CEPS EU-Turkey Working Papers No. 14, 1 January 2005. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    Will migrants of Turkish origin and their descendants, also known as ‘Euro-Turks’, act as a vanguard or an impediment in Turkey’s desire to join the EU? To challenge the stereotypes of Euro-Turks both in their homeland and in their countries of settlement, extensive research has been carried out in Germany and France by the Centre for Migration Research in Istanbul. Based on extensive interviews and a broad survey of the literature, this special report reveals public opinion among the diasporic Turkish communities, gauging their political, religious and ethnic orientations as well as their attitudes towards the EU. It also seeks to determine whether diasporic Turkish communities could provide new opportunities and prospects in the formation of a more open and democratic society in Turkey. At this stage, the research reveals that there are three major groups of Euro-Turks emerging in the migratory process: bridging groups (who are affiliated with both the homeland and ‘host-land’) breaching groups (who still have a strong orientation to the homeland) and assimilated groups. The authors, who are professors at Bilgi University in Istanbul, highlight how Euro-Turks demonstrate the fact that Europeanness is not a prescribed identity, but an ongoing process of being and becoming.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > France
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    Countries > Germany
    Countries > Turkey
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > EU-Turkey Working Papers
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2007
    Page Range: p. 124
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:44
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/6771

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