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In an era of global immigration, the European society has rapidly transformed into a community cohabited by multiple races and cultures. Today, about 7.8 million immigrants reside in Germany, constituting roughly 10 percent of its population. Turkish immigrants take up about half of that number. Having originally moved into Germany during the economic boom during the 1960s and 70s as guest workers, Turkish immigrants currently number in the millions and are the largest minority group in the nation. Because of their status as non-members of the EU, racial, religious, and cultural differences, however, the Turkish immigrants have experienced great difficulties in fully integrating into the German society. Despite fifty years spent in Germany, they are still largely isolated from the mainstream society and subsisting as perpetual outsiders. This thesis aims to study the Turkish community in Germany, one of the largest Muslim groups in Europe, through a sociological and cultural lens.


In an era of global immigration, the European society has rapidly transformed into a community cohabited by multiple races and cultures. Today, about 7.8 million immigrants reside in Germany, constituting roughly 10 percent of its population. Turkish immigrants take up about half of that number. Having originally moved into Germany during the economic boom during the 1960s and 70s as guest workers, Turkish immigrants currently number in the millions and are the largest minority group in the nation. Because of their status as non-members of the EU, racial, religious, and cultural differences, however, the Turkish immigrants have experienced great difficulties in fully integrating into the German society. Despite fifty years spent in Germany, they are still largely isolated from the mainstream society and subsisting as perpetual outsiders. This thesis aims to study the Turkish community in Germany, one of the largest Muslim groups in Europe, through a sociological and cultural lens.