Turkish Migrants, Social Capital, and Culturalist Discourse in Turkey-EU Relations

  • Talip Kucukcan
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Governance, Security, and Development book series (GSD)


This chapter addresses the cultural aspect of Turkey-European Union (EU) relations and the potential impact of the Turkish diaspora in Europe on bringing Turkey and the EU closer. Political and technical discussions dominate the ongoing relations and membership negotiations between Turkey and the EU. Yet, there is an emerging culturalist discourse in Europe that emphasizes the differences in religion, identity, and culture. Neither the cultural dimension of Turkey-EU relations nor the role in this process of Turks, at an estimated population of more than 4 million scatted all over Europe, are sufficiently researched issues despite the fact that Turks in many European countries can make positive contributions to the relations between the two sides.


Social Capital Civil Society Organization Dutch Society European Identity TURKISH Migrant 
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