70 pct of Turkey's Kurdish youth faced with discrimination  - survey

Seven out of 10 Kurdish youth in Turkey are subject to occasional or frequent discrimination, according to a new survey by Rawest, a polling firm that focuses on Turkey's east and southeast.

Thirty four percent of the country’s Kurdish youth are employed, with 24 percent working in unskilled labour jobs and the remainder unemployed,  Duvar news site cited the survey on Kurdish youth identity in Turkey conducted with 500,000 across the country as saying.

The country’s Kurdish youth define themselves as “Muslim’’ first, followed by , “Kurdish’’ and “pro-freedom,’’ according to the Rawest poll.

Turkey’s Kurds form the country’s largest ethnic minority, making up for some 15 percent of the population. Kurds in Turkey have faced a long history of discrimination and violence.

Kurdish youth are not happy living in Turkey, the survey found, with the youth of the ethnic group registering a notably lower rate of general happiness, Reha Ruhavioğlu of Rawest said.

The Kurdish language and discrimination emerge as the two biggest problems of Kurdish youth, according to Ruhavioğlu, who maintains discrimination prompts the youth to further embrace their language and identity.

The use of Kurdish in public was banned by the military administration following the 1980 coup in Turkey, and it was decriminalised in 1991. 

One fight of Kurds living in Turkey’s West do not know Kurdish, according to the survey, with a significant portion saying they had forgotten their mother tongue over time.