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AK Party Celebrations in Vienna: Gungur on Turkish Diaspora Politics

AK Party Celebrations in Vienna: Gungur on Turkish Diaspora Politics

Turkish citizens living in Austria also voted in Turkey’s presidential run-off with a huge majority for incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – and loudly celebrated his victory over the weekend. This has recently sparked an internal political debate about immigration and integration.

Sociologist and Turkish expert Kenan Gungor said yesterday at ZIB2 that the high support for Erdogan is linked to the fact that the Justice and Development Party (Erdogan’s party, note) has been pursuing an active diaspora policy for the past ten to 15 years. In addition, 85 percent of Turkish households in Austria operate “synchronized Turkish media”.

The fact that many conservative and partly nationalist citizens of Turkish origin vote for left-wing parties in this country has to do with the fact that they are protecting their rights. ORF’s Turkish-born sociologist explained that because of their “valuable disposition,” these people actually belong more to the FPÖ.

Vienna Mayor Michael Ludwig (SPÖ) commented cautiously on the celebrations at Vienna’s Favorite. He described the celebrations as “peaceful” and “loud”.

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