Author(s): Gonca EREN*

Since the Ottoman Empire, Turkey has seen lots of international immigration waves. Turkish people who immigrate from Bulgaria, a Balkan country, are one of the important part of these waves. The immigration started with 93 War and continued, the biggest one is in 1989. In 2 July 1989, on TV channels Todor Jivkov pointed out that Turkey has to accept the people who want to come back. In return to this, the preminister of that time Turgut Özal accepted all those people. People who came with this migration switched to Turkish citizenship and settled mainly Marmara end Ege regions. Even if they had various problems adapting, getting away from the assimilation policies in Bulgary and the more comfortable life in Turkey affected their psychology positively. Aim of this study is analyzing the adaptation period of these people, also searching for the activities of associations in this context The starting point of these Balkan associations is connected to national case, but then they started to interested in cultural and cooperation subjects and for all these they worked together with government.


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