The Socio-economic path of Turkish migrants in Germany

Gençağa Kaya, Nurten
The Migration history of Turkish workers in Germany as a whole has affected both German and Turkish Societies. Rather than that, this process has a particular path for the Turkish Migrants themselves. This history which began in the 1960s does not end and continues to change according to developments, most importantly in Germany and secondly in the Turkish socio-economic structure. In this historical context, this thesis analyses the main characteristics of the Turkish migration periods in a generations" framework. Analyzing with "generations" category rather than the time periodization was more suitable for a master's thesis scope. However, it has handicaps especially in terms of the second and third Turkish generations in Germany, there were not precise statistics available. Therefore, I analyzed the second and third generations together and could sometimes collect results belonging to second or third generation from certain time series, like the distribution of the Turkish self-employed according to age. It could be seen that the highest proportion belongs to the second generation who are in the 30-40 age group. The generations who descend from a migration process are more complex and of course constitute a more interesting subject to study. I aimed to answer the question; what kind of socio-economic features belong to the first Turkish migrant generation and under what conditions did the second and third generations grow up. I attempted to find the problems and improvements potential of generations in German legislative system and remark the changes related to different German migration policies changed through time.


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Citation Formats
N. Gençağa Kaya, “The Socio-economic path of Turkish migrants in Germany,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2002.