Mar 23 2018

Committee urges measures to increase Turkish birth rates abroad

More should be done to increase the birth rates of Turks abroad, a report on overseas citizens by the Turkish parliamentary Male and Female Equality of Opportunity Committee recommended, Islamist newspaper Milat said.

Birth rates among Turkish migrant families were consistently dropping, it said, with the number of births to Turkish citizens in Germany dropping from 43,971 in 1991 to 12,607 in 2013.

“Young people must be informed about marriage and establishing a family,” the report said.

“Professional and permanent educational centres must be opened in order to advise parents who have problems with their children’s education.”

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had touched upon similar themes in a speech in Eskişehir last week.

"I am calling out to our brothers in Europe. Stake out a claim there. Live in better neighbourhoods. Drive the best cars. Live in the best houses. Do not have three but five children," he said. 

"Because you are the future of Europe. This will be the best answer to the injustices carried out against you."

The report also proposed finding a legal solution to prevent Turkish-origin children from losing their Turkish citizenship.

“The channels that make special broadcasts to Europe must have their quality increased and they must be purged of content that could cause cultural corruption,” it said. “Informative, educational programs aimed at strengthening ties to the motherland must be broadcast.”

The report said that Turkish NGOs abroad should be strengthened, placed under a unified umbrella and encouraged to open women’s sections in order to increase female participation.

In addition, it said that overseas religious projects such as the International Theology Programme should be widened in scope and that Turkish diplomatic missions should include attachés responsible for the family, education and employment.