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German Turks 'send a billion euros to Turkey'
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German Turks 'send a billion euros to Turkey'

Published: 30 Oct 2012 10:45 GMT+01:00
Updated: 30 Oct 2012 10:45 GMT+01:00

One in three German Turks send money back to Turkey - on average around €1,300 per person per year, a new study revealed on Tuesday.

The majority of Germans with a Turkish background - 57 percent - have their own income, revealed the study, carried out by Berlin-based research institute Info and published in the Handelsblatt newspaper. Seventeen percent receive social support.

Info director Holger Liljeberg attributed the transactions to Turks' "very strong" connection to their homeland. The study also found that some 18 percent of German Turks send goods and food to their friends and relatives - at an average value of €250 a year.

Altogether that amounts to around €90 million in goods and a billion euros in money.

Around half of the 1,000 German Turks asked in the survey said they owned property either in Germany or Turkey, while a third had property in Turkey.

"These figures also underscore the desire of many Turks to make provisions should they move back to Turkey one day," said Liljeberg.

The study also found that the strong connection to Turkey led many to travel there on a regular basis. "On average the Turks in Germany travel to Turkey 1.9 times a year," said Liljeberg, adding that one in four Turks travel to Turkey three or four times a year.

"The strong family connections guarantee lively traffic between the two countries, and ensure that contacts don't break," he said.

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12:25 October 30, 2012 by raandy
Most Turkish people I know have property in Turkey, generally in the hopes that the value of the Euro from their retirement will afford them a comfortable standard of living.

Many have one foot in each country and are proud of both.
13:43 October 30, 2012 by whiteriver
another cool study would be to see how much the turkeys bring from Turkey per year.
18:43 October 30, 2012 by smart2012
1300 Euros a year?????? oh my god, this shows how leaving in Germany is not worth anymore...

Turks, Turkey is booming, Germany is falling in recession, a recomendation: go back to Turkey
23:13 October 30, 2012 by tercel
Illegal Mexican immigrants in the US send over $21.3 billion back to Mexico. Western Union moneygrams from the US represent the second largest source of income for Mexico after the Mexican oil industry. According to the Inter-American Development Bank all of latin america received $69.5 billion in remittances from the US in 2009.
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