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Growing diaspora in Europe instills hope in us says Erdogan

Growing Diaspora in Europe Instills Hope in Us: Erdogan

ISTANBUL – The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said on Sunday that Western countries do not want to recognize the reality of a growing Turkish diaspora.
Erdogan said they never doubted that Turks and Muslims will occupy a much more visible place in tomorrow’s Europe as they deserve.
“Of course, this situation instills hope in us, but becomes a nightmare for others. Those who still try to fit European Turks into the narrow models of the 1960s, do not want to accept the reality of a growing and strengthening diaspora,” Erdogan told the Women and Youth Wings of the International Union of Democrats (UDI) in Dolmabahce Office in Istanbul.
“Islamophobia and xenophobia, which have reached disastrous levels recently, are just one manifestation of this indigestion,” Erdogan added.
“Islamophobia has become one of the most important tools for Western politicians to cover up their failures,” he said, adding that now the media, academics, writers, ministers have also started to resort to this “populist method”, used by the marginalized groups in the past.
Not only Turks but also other segments of society with different ethnic identities, appearances and religious affiliations are suffering from the racist wave, he said.
“Even though the statistics are only the tip of the iceberg, they clearly show the rise of cultural racism in Europe. Hate crimes doubled last year compared to previous years,” he said, adding that the number of attacks on immigrants exceeds 3,000 in three European countries where most Turkish expatriates live.
More than 900 racist attacks have been recorded in Germany alone, including 400 against Turks, he said.
Despite coronavirus restrictions imposed last year, 121 different acts against mosques and mosque associations have been reported, he added.
Stressing that the rights of Muslim women are usurped in both the public and private spheres in Europe, he said that many European countries restrict employment, social life and educational opportunities to women who wear headscarves.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Turkey has so far sent aid to 157 countries and 12 international organizations, Erdogan said.
“We have repatriated over 100,000 Turkish expatriates from 142 countries since the start of the pandemic,” he said.
“I hope we overcome this disease together” by following Covid-19 protocols, he said.

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