There are over 50,000 Germans living in Turkey, primarily Germans married to Turkish spouses, employees, retirees and long-term tourists who buy properties across the Turkish coastline, often spending most of the year in the country. In addition, many Turkish Germans have also returned and settled.
The officials and the artisans sent to Istanbul during the close relations with the Ottoman Empire at the time of Kaiser Wilhelm II formed the so-called Bosphorus Germans. The Germans in this group returned home after the First World War, and during the 1920s some of the Germans who had converted to Islam formed a small community around Berlin, playing a major role in the spread of Islam.
In 1933, the rise to power of the Nazis caused the second wave of immigration from Germany to Turkey. People escaping to Turkey were assigned to universities. It has been reported that the number of these “exiled Germans” reached 800, concentrated in Istanbul and Ankara.
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