European Turks Vote for Erdogan Back Home, and for Leftists in Europe
It's official: Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is more popular amongst Turks in several EU countries than he is in Turkey itself.
Two-thirds of votes cast by the Turkish community in Germany, for example, went to Erdogan. That’s far more than the support he averaged in Turkey, reported Deutsche Welle, Germany's public international broadcaster:
Erdogan had 65.7 percent of the vote in Germany compared to 52.6 percent in Turkey. And his Justice and Development Party (AKP) had 56.3 support among the Turkish community in Germany, versus 42.5 percent in Turkey.
Turks in various German cities took to the streets to celebrate Erdogan’s win, shouting slogans such as “Allahu akbar” (Allah is the greatest) and “every Turk is born a soldier.” Many Turks in several other countries across Europe -- such as Belgium, Holland, Austria, France, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia -- also flocked to the streets in celebration of Erdogan’s win, reported the Turkish Anadolu Agency (AA).
The majority of the Turkish electorate in these countries voted for Erdogan. In Belgium, Erdogan got the votes of 74.9% of the Turkish community; in Holland, 73%; in Austria 72.3%; in France 63.7%; in Luxembourg 60%; in Denmark 57.6%; and in Sweden 44.3%.
Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf interviewed several Turks in Amsterdam after Erdogan’s win:
“Wait for it”, said a young Turk. “We are already the boss here now. Look around you, this is Turkey, we keep on growing in the Netherlands”. A Turkish friend of the man said: “This is what you’ve allowed, everything is possible here. If you offer people benefits, you shouldn’t whine about people using them.”
The majority of Turkish migrants in many European countries enjoy the freedoms and welfare system in Europe. However, they wholeheartedly support the authoritarian Islamist government of Turkey that crushes human rights and freedoms. The Union of European Turkish Democrats (UETD) reported last year that Turks in many EU countries overwhelmingly support Erdogan while they vote for European left-wing parties.
The UETD conducted a survey of 2,750 Turkish migrants in Germany, France, and Holland between February 14, 2017, and March 7, 2017, concerning their voting habits and views on politics in Turkey and in the EU countries where they live. The participants were third-generation migrants of Turkish origin between the ages of 18 and 40. The majority were born in the countries where they currently reside.
Approximately six million people of Turkish descent live in EU member countries, according to the report. Germany has the highest Turkish population in Europe, with three million Turkish migrants. It is followed by France (900,000 citizens of Turkish origin), and Holland with a Turkish community of about 480,000. The vast majority of Turkish migrants “vote for centrist left-wing parties in Europe while they vote for centrist right-wing parties” in Turkish elections, including the ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), among others.