Turks in Saudi Arabia

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Turks in Saudi Arabia
Total population
120,000[1] to 160,000[2]
Including those who have been naturalised:
200,000[3]
Regions with significant populations
Riyadh, Jeddah, Mecca
Languages
Religion
Islam

Turks in Saudi Arabia (Turkish: Suudi Arabistan Türkleri) are either Turkish people who live in Saudi Arabia even though having been born outside Saudi Arabia, or are Saudi Arabian-born, but have Turkish roots. By Turkish roots, this could mean roots linking back to Turkey, the island of Cyprus or the communities of the Turkish diaspora.

History[edit]

Starting in the 1970s, economic relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia grew.[4] In 1977, there was 6,500 Turks in Saudi Arabia, 5,000 of which were officially reported workers.[5][6][7][8]

Emigration of Turkish workers to Saudi Arabia[9][10]
Year Population
1961–1973 4
1974–1980 26,739
1981–1985 107,994
1991–1995 150,654

Business[edit]

There are some 2,100 Turkish-operated hairdresser shops, 3,200 restaurants, and 1,900 furniture stores in Saudi Arabia.[11]

Religion[edit]

Turkish people living in Saudi Arabia are Sunni Muslims. Turkish laborers returning from Riyadh seem to be less likely to espouse Shariah (Islamic law) than those living in European countries.[12]

Notable Turks in Saudi Arabia[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

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  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (1997), Trends in International Migration: Continuous Reporting System on Migration: Annual Report 1996, OECD Publishing, ISBN 92-64-15508-2 .
  • Papademetriou, Demetrios G.; Martin, Philip L. (1991), The Unsettled Relationship: Labor Migration and Economic Development, Greenwood Publishing Group, ISBN 0-313-25463-X .
  • Sirageldin, Ismail Abdel-Hamid (2003), Human Capital: Population Economics in the Middle East, American University in Cairo Press, ISBN 977-424-711-6 .
  • Unan, Elif (2009), MICROECONOMIC DETERMINANTS OF TURKISH WORKERS REMITTANCES: SURVEY RESULTS FOR FRANCE-TURKEY, http://gdri.dreem.free.fr: Galatasaray University