Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised the achievements of Turkish expatriates in many fields in Germany, expressing his pride in them.
This came in a video message addressed to the participants in an event organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Presidency of Expatriate Turks Affairs.
And the related communities “YTB” on Saturday to mark the 60th anniversary of the Manpower Agreement between Turkey and Germany.
Erdogan noted that Turkish citizens who traveled 60 years ago have today become an integral and indispensable part of Germany, numbering 3.5 million.
He said that the Turks had a leading role in Germany’s revival after World War II amid the difficult working conditions in the early years of immigration and that they struggled with the difficulties arising from living within a different culture.
He added: “Our brothers in Germany who were chasing their livelihood as guest workers at one time.
Today, they are doing work that makes us proud in all fields, from medicine to engineering, sports, art, music, and literature.”
He pointed out that the Turkish community in Germany also makes important contributions to the German economy by providing job opportunities for 400,000 people in the workplaces and factories it opened.
He explained that scientists Ugur Şahin and his wife, Ozlem Torigei, are the latest example of what he says.
As they became a hope for all of humanity in fighting the Coronavirus through the vaccine that we were able to develop (in reference to Biontech).
He stressed that the Turks of Germany have lived through very painful stages during the 60 years that have passed because of the racist attacks they were subjected to.
And discrimination because of their religion, roots, and culture, but they were wise and did not support the politics of hate.