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Turks from Ukraine settled in Kurdish towns

By Rudaw 5/6/2016
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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Turkey has brought back some 300 Turkish families from Ukraine and settled them in embattled Kurdish areas in the southeastern part of the country in an apparent attempt to change the demographic makeup of the region.  

Due to military confrontations between Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters and the Turkish state, hundreds of thousands of Kurdish families have fled their homes in Gavar, Nusaybin and Bitlis.

The Turkish government has built some 72 residential units for the Turkish familie in Khalat town, in the city of Bitlis.

"The state brought in 72 Turkish families to Khalat. Some of these families were initially transferred from Ukraine to Bursa.”

'They are our brothers and sisters. They were stressed, living in regions [in Ukraine] locked in fighting. We will help them here," Mumtaz Choban mayor of Khalat, told Rudaw.

The Turkish families are happy for their relocation and their settlement by the state in the town.

More than 80% of the city’s residents are Kurds. They believe that the settlement of Turks in the city is a policy to change the demographic makeup of the city.

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roj | 5/6/2016
80 percent?100 percent was Kurdish.Now 99percent is Kurdish the rest is military families.
Muraz Adzhoev | 5/6/2016
The absolute majority of about 300 000 "qirimtatar-turks" live in Crimea which is now again the integrated part of Russia after the multinational people selfdetermined and declared independence of the autonomous region from Ukraine. There are some thousands of those "turks" left in Ukraine.
Jamal | 5/6/2016
Ahlat is not a Kurdish town. itis a historical Turkish town since over than 1000 years ago...Why not a few hunteds of Turk not live in east of Turkey While millions of Kurds got settled in Turkish cities and live among Turks freely ??
K | 5/6/2016
I wonder what is the KRG reaction to this mirror image of Arabisation that we are still suffering from.
Hiwa A. | 6/6/2016
Not the first time and it won't be the last. It will of course fail and backfire like it always does. The reason is quite simple, the Kurdish region is underdeveloped, poor with high rate of unemployment and in a constant state of conflict/war, these newcomers will move to the stable rich regions of Western and Northern Turkey at first opportunity. They tried something similar in the 90's when they brought in some Uyghurs and other turkic settlers from Asia and settled them around Diyarbakir, almost all migrated to other parts of Turkey and the few that remained will in time become Kurds, it has happened to several turkmen tribes in the past, so they'll be doing us a favor.

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