Bosniaks in Turkey
|(101,000 – 2,000,000)|
|Regions with significant populations|
|Marmara Region, Aegean Region|
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The Bosniak community in Turkey has its origins predominantly in the exodus of Bosniaks from the Bosnia Eyalet taking place in the 19th and early 20th century as result of the collapse of Ottoman rule in the Balkans. According to estimates commissioned in 2008 by the National Security Council of Turkey (Milli Güvenlik Kurulu) as many as 2,000,000 Turkish citizens are of Bosniak ancestry. Bosniaks mostly live in the Marmara Region which is in other words the north-west Turkey. The biggest Bosniak community in Turkey is in Istanbul. Yenibosna is a borough, located on the western part of the Istanbul district of Bahçelievler, bordering with the neighbor district Küçükçekmece. The district saw rapid migration from the former Ottoman Empire after the founding of the Republic of Turkey. The origin of the borough's name comes from the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo. The settlement was initially named Saraybosna, which is the Turkish equivalent of Sarajevo before it was renamed Yenibosna with the formation of the Republic of Turkey.
In the 1965 Census, 17,627 Turkish citizens spoke Bosnian as a first language, which is only 0.05% of the population. These people were mostly living in Kocaeli (1.2%), Sakarya (0.7%), Kırklareli (0.4%) and Izmir (0.2%). Another 34,892 spoke Bosnian as a second language. There are currently an estimated 106,000 Turkish citizens identifying as Bosniaks; however, an article published in Milliyet in 2008 suggests that there may be as high as 2 million people of Bosniak descent in Turkey, with high concentrations living in Adapazarı, Izmir, and Manisa.
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