President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was in Geneva earlier this week to give a speech in which he addressed Turks who had migrated to Switzerland: "Currently, we have around 130,000 compatriots in Switzerland. We call on you, our brothers, who have made a life for yourselves and established businesses in this territory, and who see their future here not as 'expatriates' but as 'Europeans.' Indeed, Europe, which was the 'bitter land' yesterday, has now become your new home and second country."
In the 1970s, tens of thousands of Turkish workers traveled to Switzerland and other parts of Europe. These people have contributed greatly to the economy of countries they have inhabited for around 50 years. They have also closed the labor gap there, balancing out the demographics of Europe, which had lost much of its youth to years of war. They started families and diversified the culture of the country they moved to.
Europe, where the average age is rising rapidly and the social state is becoming an insatiable beast, is experiencing once again the problems it faced 50 years ago, yet on a different plain. For instance, Germany, where millions of Turks live, is preparing to implement the "qualified labor migration law" as of March 1 to address this problem.
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