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"A large number of the Turkish entrepreneurs in the EU (68 percent) live in Germany. France and Holland follow close behind. In the 10-year period between 1996 and 2006, the investment volume of Turkish entrepreneurs increased from 5.6 billion Euro to 10.9 billion Euro. The turnover of 21.8 billion Euro in 1996 has increased as of 2006 to 43.9 billion Euro."

A Telecoms Brand: Pentatel

Cologne, Germany- In 2006 the telecommunications sector of Germany had a turnover of 67 billion Euro. Out of all of Germany's domestic and international calls, Turks were responsible for 10 percent of that turnover. In other words, Turks living in Germany spent 6.7 billion Euro on telephone calls.

The Man Who Couldn't Buy Farm Equipment

He was a farmer working in Aksaray in the early 1970s, dreaming of the proper farming equipment he needed to better harvest his fields. He gave the money he had saved to his son Ahmet Aktaş, who was setting off for Europe in order to buy a threshing machine for his father's farm. Having just finished his military service and with his father's money in his pocket, Aktaş arrived in Europe.

Heavy Snorers Are In His Hands

Cologne, Germany- One hundred twenty-five students graduated from Istanbul University's Çapa Medical School in 1977. Of those 125, 17 graduates went to Germany and 12 eventually returned to Turkey. In the years when Turkey's right-left political divide began to grow stronger and more dangerous, Fahri Yıldız decided to stay in Germany following the unfortunate death of a friend in that conflict. 

The Brothers that Brought D

Frankfurt – Among the more than 200 döner producers operating in Germany, there is one brand that everyone accepts as a leader in the market: Karmez. The Tütüncübaşı siblings: Müfit, Mustafa, Özer, Önder, Ömer, Enfil, Muzaffer and Şima started their business lives by selling meat to Turkish markets in 1982. Within 20 years, they had become the major producers of prepared döner in Europe.

The Grand Master of Gastronomy

Cologne, Germany- In general, many entrepreneurial immigrants start their careers in any new country with a restaurant. Though easy to open, they are also easy to close. Being able to remain profitable takes incredible ingenuity. Müslüm Balaban is one Turkish restauranteur in Germany who will be remembered for a long time to come.

Experience of Euro-Turks

Prof. Dr. Faruk Şen, director of the Turkey Research Center Association (TAM), recently published a book presenting the statistics he had compiled while doing research on Turks living in the European Union. He also chronicles his own experiences, as a Turk who has spent many years in Germany.
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