New par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee to sup­port Turks liv­ing abroad, ad­dress is­sues

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

THE GOV­ERN­MENT has ac­cel­er­ated ef­forts to strengthen the Turk­ish di­as­pora, whose num­bers have reached over 6 mil­lion, with plans to form a com­mit­tee in Par­lia­ment to ad­dress is­sues faced by its ci­ti­zens abroad.

Cur­rently, there are no reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing the Turk­ish di­as­pora in the Con­sti­tu­tion, since Turk­ish so­ci­ety is de­fined in terms of cit­i­zen­ship and la­bor sta­tus.

A leg­isla­tive pro­posal that was sub­mit­ted for the for­ma­tion of the Mi­gra­tion and Di­as­pora Com­mit­tee stressed in its pre­am­ble that “the prob­lems and needs of Turk­ish [mem­bers of] so­ci­ety, who live per­ma­nently in those coun­tries have gone be­yond the scope of ‘work­ing life’ is­sues; Turk­ish ci­ti­zens liv­ing abroad need the sup­port of our coun­try in many fields.”

Con­fronting dis­crim­i­na­tion, strength­en­ing Turk­ish me­dia abroad, en­cour­ag­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in so­cial and eco­nomic life and ex­tend­ing the teach­ing of the Turk­ish lan­guage are among the aims of the pro­posed com­mit­tee.

The chair­man of Par­lia­ment’s Hu­man Rights In­ves­ti­ga­tion Com­mit­tee, Mustafa Yen­eroğlu, has stressed the need of a com­mit­tee to be formed in Par­lia­ment.

“An ex­pert com­mit­tee where the voice of the Turk­ish di­as­pora can be heard will be formed in or­der to pro­vide so­lu­tions to their prob­lems,” Yen­eroğlu said, un­der­lin­ing that a busy agenda awaits them.

The Jus­tice and De­vel­op­ment Party’s (AK Party) Is­tan­bul deputy said that the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee will fo­cus on find­ing so­lu­tions to the prob­lems Turk­ish ci­ti­zens have liv­ing abroad.

“The per­spec­tive to­ward Turk­ish ci­ti­zens liv­ing abroad should be changed, as they stay there per­ma­nently,” Yen­eroğlu said, ad­ding that the sig­nif­i­cance of the di­as­pora will be re­al­ized soon.

Com­ment­ing on his re­cent meet­ings in Europe, Yen­eroğlu said: “In France, we dis­cussed the is­sues of form­ing ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions for teach­ing Turk­ish and nec­es­sary steps for de­vel­op­ing cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties.”

He high­lighted the sig­nif­i­cance of Turk­ish lan­guage ed­u­ca­tion and pro­tect­ing cul­tural iden­tity to trans­fer it to the next gen­er­a­tions. He also pointed out that many Turk­ish stu­dents liv­ing abroad do not have the re­quired knowl­edge in writ­ten Turk­ish. He added that the num­ber of Turk­ish stu­dents who go to uni­ver­sity in France is low.

Touch­ing on the im­pli­ca­tions of ris­ing pop­ulism in the West on the Turk­ish di­as­pora, he said: “In an en­vi­ron­ment where right-wing pop­ulism rises in the West, mi­nori­ties pay the price for that. For this rea­son, lib­eral so­ci­etal struc­tures are sig­nif­i­cant for mi­nori­ties.”

Yen­eroğlu said that ten­den­cies to­ward seg­re­ga­tion and alien­ation can only be con­fronted by tak­ing com­mon steps and uphold­ing the con­sti­tu­tional or­der of the re­spec­tive coun­tries.

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