Migration from Turkey to the UK

Interesting article by Professor Ibrahim Sirkeci

“The long history of migration from Turkey to the UK has produced a sizeable diaspora population in the last four to five decades. Cypriots arrived even earlier, fleeing the troubled island in the Eastern Mediterranean, a movement which was facilitated by the colonial ties between the two countries, but many Turks and Kurds of the mainland did not even consider the UK as a destination in the 1960s and 1970s. Migration flows from mainland Turkey to the UK have been influenced by three key political events. Firstly, a sizeable group of Alevis arrived as refugees following the Maraş massacre in the late 1970s.  Secondly, the 1980 military coup brought a subsequent wave of Turkish movers to the UK. And the third wave of movers from Turkey was the Kurds, mainly from south-eastern Turkey, who arrived mostly as asylum seekers in response to the protracted armed conflict between Turkish troops and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a conflict which also involved the forced displacement of local populations by the State in south-eastern Turkey. While the UK’s Turkish diaspora is not as large as those of other ethnic groups such as Indians, it has similar ethnic, religious and political fragmentation”

To read the full article by Professor Ibrahim Sirkeci who is Chair in Transnational Studies and Director of Regent’s Centre for Transnational Studiesat Regent’s University London, visit the IMI here

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