Good and Bad News About Turkish Integration

A recent German study revealed that half of Turkish people living in Germany watch Turkish TV more often than German. There are 1.8 million people of Turkish origin residing in Germany and 300,000 daily read a newspaper in Turkish. A few years ago, German TV tried to meet the needs of Turkish Germans by offering a 30 minute piece in Turkish each Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. There were few takers.

The news is much better from Belgium which has 160,00 people of Turkish origin and 120,000 have taken Belgian citizenship. This year there are 36 Turkish candidates running for public office including eight for parliament.

America has rightly been criticized for its racism, but one must also admit there have been considerable strides in politics, business, education, and entertainment to offer those enduring racism extended opportunities to involvement in the main stream of society.