Turks in France
|500,000 to 1,000,000|
|Regions with significant populations|
|Predominantly Sunni Islam, others|
Turks in France or French Turks (French: Turcs de France; Turkish: Fransa Türkleri) are Turkish people who have immigrated to France. However, the term may also refer to French-born persons who have Turkish parents or who have a Turkish ancestral background. After Germany, France is the main destination country for Turks who emigrate. According to INSEE, French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies, immigrants and their children (2nd generation) represented 459,000 individuals in 2008.
- 1 History
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Culture
- 4 Integration
- 5 Organisations and associations
- 6 Notable people
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 Bibliography
- 10 Further reading
- 11 External links
Early Ottoman migration
The first Turks settled in France during the 16th and 17th century as galley slaves and merchants from the Ottoman Empire; the historian Ina Baghdiantz McCabe has described Marseille as a "Turkish town" during this time. In Jean Marteilhe's autobiography, he stated that "…the Turks of Asia and Europe...of whom there are a great many in the galley of France, who have been made slaves by the Imperialists, and sold to the French to man their galleys… are generally well-made, fair in feature, wise in their conduct, zealous in the observance of their religion, honourable and charitable in the highest degree. I have seen them give away all the money they possessed to buy a bird in a cage that they might have the pleasure of giving it its liberty".
Modern Turkish migration
France signed a bilateral labour recruitment agreement with Turkey on 8 May 1965 because the number of entrants from other countries such as Italy, Spain and Portugal was not sufficient. However, in practice, France started to recruit Turkish labourers in the 1970s, until a decision was made to halt the recruitment on 3 July 1974. By 1975 there were 55,710 Turkish workers living in France, and by 1990 it had almost quadrupled to 198,000. The majority of Turkish immigrants came from rural areas of Turkey, especially from central Anatolia.
The majority of Turks are mainly concentrated in eastern France. There is a strong Turkish presence in Île-de-France (especially in Paris), Nord-Pas-de-Calais (mainly in the cities of Calais, Lille, and Roubaix), Rhône-Alpes (especially in Lyon), Alsace (mainly in Strasbourg) and Lorraine. There is also a large community in Marseille.
According to the French census, in 1968 there was 8,000 Turks living in France, this had increased to 51,000 in 1975, 123,000 in 1982, 198,000 in 1990, and 208,000 in 1999. However, the French census only collects information based on the country of birth; thus, this only identifies the number of Turkish immigrants, and does not include their descendants who are born in France and are recorded as "French" rather than "Turkish". Furthermore, the Turkish population would be greater if naturalised citizens and illegal emigrants were also taken into account.
By the early 2000s (decade), academics had estimated that the Turkish population was between 450,000–500,000. Immigration flows from Turkey are currently increasing faster than flows from Algeria and Morocco. Thus, more recent estimates place the number of Turks between 500,000 to 600,000. The "Fransa Diyanet İşleri Türk İslam Birliği" suggests that the actual Turkish population in France is about 1 million, including descendents. A 2012 article by the Armenian Weekly has also stated that "there are also about a million French people of Turkish origin".
According to the most recent study in October 2012 by INSEE, French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies, immigrants and their children (2nd generation) represented 459,000 individuals in 2008.
Although the birth rates among Turks living in France has declined over the years they remain substantially higher than the French population. In 1982, the average number of children for Turks was 5.2, compared with 1.8 for the French population. By 1990, the average number of births for Turks was 3.7 compared to 1.7 for the French population.
For the Turkish community in France, their national and ethnic identification is predominant within their culture. The Turkish culture is preserved by maintaining their language, religion, and marrying others within their community. Emphasis is made on the importance of speaking Turkish within the family, especially whilst raising children. There is also a strong link between language and their religion, Islam, for Turkish is used within mosques rather than French or Arabic. Furthermore, getting married and having a family is a significant part of their Turkish identity. Those within the community tend to marry other Turks, and exogamous marriages are relatively few.
In 2000, Akıncı and Jisa found that Turkish is spoken exclusively at home by 77% of families, while 68% of children speak French to one another. Turkish children are monolingual in the Turkish language until they start school at the age of 2 or 3; thus, they find themselves in everyday situations in which they have to speak French with their peers. By the age of 10, most children become dominant in the French language. Nonetheless, even for those who use French more than Turkish in their daily lives, numerous studies have shown that they still emphasize the importance of Turkish as the language of the family, particularly for raising children. Thus, there is a high degree of language maintenance in the Turkish community; frequent holidays to Turkey, the easy access and use of Turkish media, and the density of social networks help maintain their language.
The majority of Turks adhere to Islam and focus on creating their own mosques and schools, most of which are tightly linked to Turkey. Thus, Turks worship their religion mainly with others within their community. Due to Turkish immigrants having a strong link to the Turkish state and much less knowledge of the French language, compared to other Muslim immigrants who have emigrated from French-speaking countries, Turks tend to build mosques where sermons are given in Turkish rather than French or Arabic.
The Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DİTİB), which is a branch of the Turkish state Bureau of Religious Affairs (the Diyanet), promotes a "Turkish Islam" which is based upon a moderate, rational Islam of a secular state. The Diyanet has organic links to the "Coordination Committee of Muslim Turks in France", or CCMTF, (French: Comité de coordination des musulmans turcs de France) which brings under its umbrella a total of 210 mosques. Its major competing network of mosques is run by the Millî Görüş movement (French: Communauté Islamique du Milli Görüş de France) which emphasizes the importance of solidarity of the community over integration into French society. The Millî Görüş has an estimated 70 mosques in France.
There are relatively few marriages outside the Turkish community, prospective spouses are generally looked for in Turkey rather than the immigrant community; a French survey in 1997 found that 98% of females and 92% of males within the immigrant community married someone from Turkey.
The Turkish community is considered to be the least integrated immigrant community in France, largely due to their strong attachment to their country of origin. However, there is increasing recognition by Turkish officials that without successful integration the immigrant community cannot lobby for the home country. For example, in 2010, the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stressed that assimilation is different from integration and urged the Turkish community in France to integrate by applying for French citizenship.
Discrimination against Turks in French society is seen particularly within the labour market when they are looking for jobs. Given a choice between a Turkish and a French with the same qualifications, French employers tend not to choose the immigrant applicant.
Organisations and associations
- Comité de coordination des musulmans turcs de France, the coordination committee for Turkish Muslims in France is linked to Turkey.
- "Fransa Türk Federasyonu", the French Turks Federation.
- "Migrations et cultures de Turquie" (ELELE), promote knowledge of Turkish immigration and helps to assist the integration of Turkish migrants into French society.
- "Le Groupement des Entrepreneurs Franco-Turcs" (FATIAD), the leading business association created by Turks living in France.
- Réseau Pro'Actif, A professional network created by second and third generations of Turks in France. It gathers graduates of the country's leading universities.
- List of French Turks
- Demographics of France
- France–Turkey relations
- Franco-Ottoman alliance
- Franco-Turkish War
- Turks in Europe
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