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How Recep Tayyip Erdogan seduces Turkish migrants in Europe

Article in The Economist
4 September, 2017

This demonstrates the need to invest considerably in quickly and fully integrating migrants in host societies, through education, work and citizenship.

“Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, said this week that Turkey is leaving Europe with “giant steps”. The relationship is complicated by the economic and military ties that bind Turkey and Europe, but above all by the large number of Turks, and their descendants, living in Europe. The Turkish diaspora numbers over 6m, most of them in western Europe…

Mr Erdogan is the first Turkish leader to take the diaspora seriously, and it shows. In a referendum in April 59% of diaspora Turks backed his controversial proposals to extend presidential powers, compared with just over half at home…

Mr Erdogan has three aims in attending to the diaspora, says Sinan Ulgen, an analyst in Istanbul: to advance Turkish interests abroad, to seduce nationalists at home, and to stack up votes in his deeply polarised country.”

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