In light of rising Islamophobia and racism across Europe, Turkey is planning to set up a commission to protect Turks in Europe.
The final report of the 3rd National Culture Council, held between March 3 and March 5, stressed Turkey's determination to protect Turks living abroad and their rights against the effects of Islamophobia and racism.
In this respect, the "Foreign Turks and Culture Commission" will follow and monitor developments and implement the necessary policies.
According to reports, the Culture Commission will organize a council in Europe in order to specify the policies and strategies for Turkish citizens on the continent.
Focusing on problems regarding their lives under different cultures, the commission indicated that current strategies to preserve cultural heritage and teach Turkish language to the new generations have not worked effectively.
In this context, the commission's report emphasized the establishment of pre-school education and common places for socializing to Turkish diaspora in Europe.
On the other hand, the report also pointed out the need for various organizations to introduce Turkish cultural heritage as well as employing youths, who are able to solve Turkish people's problems abroad, through relevant nongovernmental organizations.
For this reason, the report drew attention to the fact that Turkish NGOs in Europe should coordinate with each other as well as with media outlets, such as the state-run Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT).
Highlighting the need to explain Islamic culture in a correct way, the report asked that lessons be prepared on religion, specifically in countries with significant Turkish populations. The report also stressed that Islamic religious groups should acquire legal statuses in European countries.
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