German migration minister due in Turkey

Germany remained by far the most important country of settlement for Turkish immigrants.

German migration minister due in Turkey

German Minister of State for Migration, Refugees and Integration Maria Boehmer will pay a formal visit to Turkey between September 11 and 16.

German Embassy in Ankara stated on Friday that Boehmer would visit Turkey on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Recruitment Agreement which was signed between Turkey and Germany.

Boehmer will meet Turkish Deputy Premier Bekir Bozdag, Labor & Social Security Minister Faruk Celik and Religious Affairs Director Mehmet Gormez, and discuss language education, vocational training and labor market issues.

Following her stay in capital Ankara, Boehmer will also visit northern province of Trabzon as well as Istanbul.

She will hold meetings with Turkish workers, who returned from Germany, in these two cities.

Boehmer will also visit Virgin Mary church, and meet members of Catholic community as well as representatives of other Christian sects in Trabzon.

German Ambassador in Ankara Eberhard Pohl will host a reception in honor of Boehmer on September 13.

In 1961, a total of 7,116 Turks immigrated to Germany as guest workers. The recruitment treaty in 1961 made Germany the prime host country for Turkish guest workers and by 1973, some 80 percent of the Turks in Western Europe lived in Germany, and although this share had decreased to 70 percent by 1990, Germany remained by far the most important country of settlement for Turkish immigrants.

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Last Mod: 09 Eylül 2011, 16:49
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