Understanding The Factors That Shaped The Negative Image Of Turks In Europe And Its Effects On Turkey’s EU Membership
The prospect of Turkey’s entry into EU has triggered intense identity-based discussions.
The evaluation of Turkey’s possible membership within the context of its distinctive
character has generated strong antagonism in European countries especially in those who
share large Turkish populations. This antagonism is rooted in the negative image of Turks,
which has shaped the European’s opinions about Turks. There are intertwined factors that
played essential role: The historical image of the Turks together with the widespread belief
regarding Turkish migrant’s integration ‘failures’ reflects the negative image of the Turks
in the mind of Europeans. The common attitudes of the Turkish communities towards
some values that European identity based on such as gender equality have shaped the
Europeans opinions which is increasingly concerned with the issue. Turkish community’s
approach thus stimulates the fears of Europeans regarding Turkey’s entry, which in turn
decrease in support for Turkey
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