Turks in Berlin

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Turkish community of Berlin
Total population

(Official number of people with Turkish background: 176,743[1] (5.1%)

Other estimates range from 200,000-500,000[2])
Regions with significant populations
Kreuzberg, Neukölln, Schöneberg, Gesundbrunnen, Moabit, Hansaviertel
German · Kurdish · Turkish
Sunni Islam, Alevism
Related ethnic groups

Turks in Germany

Kurds in Germany

Turks in Berlin are people of Turkish ethnicity living in Berlin where they form the largest ethnic minority group, and the largest Turkish community outside Turkey. The largest communities can be found in Kreuzberg, Neukölln, and Wedding, with substantial populations in other areas, almost exclusively those of the former West Berlin.[3]


As of 2010, there were approx. 115,000 people with only Turkish citizenship residing in Berlin.[4] Additionally, there are many people with both German and Turkish citizenship or just with German citizenship. Including people with partial Turkish ancestry there are up to 200,000 Turks in Berlin. The German state does not keep statistics on race, instead they categorize ethnic groups originating from Turkey as being of Turkish national origin. Therefore, this also includes many Kurds and other ethnic minorities from Turkey. Furthermore, these figures do not include ethnic Turkish minorities from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Iraq, Kosovo[a], Macedonia, Romania or any other traditional area of Turkish settlement because they are categorized by their country of origin rather than their ethnic Turkish or Kurdish identity.

Top 5 Berlin Boroughs with largest population claiming Turkish Descent
Rank Borough Population Percentage
1 Mitte 38,245 11.4%
2 Neukölln 36,932 12.0%
3 Kreuzberg 29,225 10.9%
4 Tempelhof-Schöneberg 22,043 6.6%
5 Reinickendorf 13,894 5.8%

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^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has received formal recognition as an independent state from 111 out of 193 United Nations member states.