Encyclopedia of Diasporas

2005 Edition
| Editors: Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember, Ian Skoggard

Kurds in Germany

  • Birgit Ammann
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-29904-4_103


Germany, a federal republic consisting of 16 administrative divisions or states, referred to as Bundesländer, lies in Central Europe neighboring Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Denmark. Natural borders are formed by the Bavarian Alps to the south and the North and Baltic seas to the north. It has a population of over 83 million, including around seven million foreign immigrants, of which the largest group originates from Turkey.


Kurdish people immigrate to Germany from all parts of Kurdistan, a closed area comprising eastern Turkey, northern Iraq, and parts of western Iran and Syria. A lesser percentage of Kurds living in Germany come from Lebanon, Israel, and former Soviet republics, such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, all countries that had experienced an earlier wave of Kurdish immigration.

Kurds have left their home regions for numerous reasons, but the dominant motivation was their systematic...


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