Turkey home to some 20,000 Muslim Brotherhood members - report

The majority of the some 30,000 Egyptian people living in Turkey are loyal to the Muslim Brotherhood movement, a report by U.S. think tank Century Foundation said.

The exact number of Egyptians in Turkey is not known, but supporters of the movement number around 20,000, the report published on Monday said, citing an Istanbul-based opposition leader.

Turkey hosts some high-profile names from the movement, such as Medhat Al Haddad, accused by the Egyptian government “of heading the financial committee of the movement in Turkey,” it said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has sought to provide a safe haven for persecuted members of the movement, following the July 2013 ousting of Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi as president of Egypt and the subsequent designation of the group as a terrorist organisation in the North African country.

Turkey hosts dozens of the movement’s most powerful and influential figures.

Muslim Brotherhood members embraced the Turkish president as a “political mentor and close ally,” the report said, with keynote speakers from the movement describing Erdoğan as a “sultan,” and Turkey as the house of the “caliphate,” during events.

The Brotherhood is inspired by Erdoğan’s effectiveness, his stubborn ways, as well as the Turkish president’s successful political program and clear ideology, the report said.