Jews and Turks in Germany: Immigrant Integration, Political Representation, and Minority Rights

Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)


In July 2008, public debate erupted about whether German Turks1 could associate themselves with the German Jewish trope as a political model. The public controversy was sparked by Professor Faruk Sen, former Head of the Zentrum für Türkeistudien (hereafter ZfT, Centre for Turkish Studies) in Essen,2 when he claimed in a newspaper interview that the Turks are the new Jews of Europe:

After the great extermination which aimed to clear Europe of Jews, five million 200 thousand Turks have become the new Jews of Europe. Our people have been residing in central and western Europe for 47 years; despite the fact that they contribute to the economy with 45 billion revenue and 125 thousand entrepreneurs, they have been facing the discrimination and exclusion that Jews were facing, albeit in a different scope and forms.

(translated from Turkish to English, Sen 2008)


Jewish Community German Society Immigrant Integration Political Model Immigrant Agency 
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