Are the Turks well trained

German Turks: Relationship with Germans is getting worse

Transmission date: 05.12.2017 21:15 | archive

The tensions between Berlin and Ankara do not leave the people of Turkish origin living here without a trace. A representative survey commissioned by Panorama - the reporter shows: an increasing number of German Turks are becoming alienated from Germany. A majority of those questioned even said that the relationship with the Germans had deteriorated significantly in the course of the government disputes.

5% of the 2,800 respondents did not answer this question.

According to the survey carried out by the opinion research institute Data 4U on behalf of Panorama die Reporter, “many people of Turkish origin in Germany disagree with the way German politics and the media assess developments in Turkey. 44 percent say the German criticism of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his party is not justified. Only 12 percent of those surveyed consider it to be justified. The attitudes of people of Turkish origin hardly differ from one another, regardless of whether they are the first generation to live here or the second or third generation.

17% of the 2,800 respondents did not answer this question.

The institute interviewed more than 2,800 people of Turkish origin. After all, the majority of those questioned feel comfortable and have arrived in Germany. However, in recent years, the way Germans and German-Turks interact with each other has worsened, say 52 percent of those surveyed (here, too, there are hardly any differences between the first, second or third generation of Turkish origin). When asked about the reasons, very few name bad personal experiences. The government disputes are to blame, say 59 percent. Media coverage also plays a major role, believe 53 percent.

1% of the 2,800 respondents did not answer this question.

The people of Turkish origin in Germany are divided in their attitude towards Erdogan: While according to the survey, 27 percent of German Turks are critical of Erdogan's current policy, 29 percent have agreed to his course since the attempted coup in 2016. The survey shows a clear connection here: If there is a lack of integration and recognition, approval of Erdogan grows - and vice versa. "Education is the key to understanding our study," explains Data 4U boss Joachim Schulte. "Those with a higher level of formal education show the highest level of integration, are the most critical of the policies of Turkish President Erdogan and are also the only group that rejected the Turkish referendum in April 2017 by a majority," said Schulte. "Among the less well-educated, sympathy and approval for Erdogan's politics increases by leaps and bounds."

When asked about their home country, 46 percent said they felt a strong sense of home for Germany. On the other hand, 83 percent associate Turkey with a strong sense of home - a high figure across all generations, even among those born here. And for a third this feeling of home has grown even stronger in recent years. When asked what people of Turkish origin associate with Erdogan's politics in this country, one third (34 percent) answered, "Erdogan makes me proud and gives people of Turkish origin in Germany self-confidence". Likewise, 34 percent say that Turkey will gain international importance again through him. A smaller part is critical: Around 24 percent say it provokes and divides. 11 percent say they are ashamed of his politics.

The general election campaign in Germany this year was also influenced by German-Turkish disputes. The SPD in particular suffered from the tensions: while in 2013, according to the survey, 62.2 percent of people of Turkish origin voted for the SPD, in 2017 it was only 45.3 percent - a loss of 17.2 percentage points. "Numerous responses reflect a deep disappointment with the behavior of German politicians. The SPD felt this particularly clearly in this election," summarizes the head of the study, Joachim Schulte. The lower voter turnout is also noticeably strong. An earlier study by his institute had shown a turnout of about 70 percent of voters of Turkish origin for 2013. This year only just over half (53 percent) found their way to the ballot box.


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