Aygül Özkan

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Aygül Özkan (2011)

Aygül Özkan (born 27 August 1971 in Hamburg) is a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union. She has been a member of the CDU since 2004, and has served as Minister of Social Affairs, Women, Families, Health and Integration in the state of Lower Saxony, in the Second Cabinet Wulff and the Cabinet McAllister since 2010.

Özkan's father immigrated from Ankara (Turkey) to Hamburg (West Germany) in the 1960s, where he first worked for Deutsche Bundespost and subsequently set up an independent business as a tailor in Hamburg.[1]

Özkan became a German citizen when she was 18 years old. She went on to study law at the University of Hamburg, and became an attorney-at-law in 1998. She is married to a gynaecologist of Turkish origin, and has a son.[2]


  1. ^ "Aygül Özkan… und der Vater der Ministerin arbeitet seit 42 Jahren als Schneider in Altona". Hamburger Abendblatt (in German). 21 April 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Stock, S.; Wendel, M. (19 April 2010). "Aygül Özkan: Deutschlands erste türkischstämmige Ministerin". Die Welt (in German). Retrieved 2 August 2010. 

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