Many Turks feel like strangers in their own country - columnist

Recent research shows that 38 percent of Turks do not feel they belong in their own country, columnist Burak Bekdil said in an article published in the Algemeiner on Wednesday.

Turks have many good reasons not to be proud of their country’s current standing in terms of wealth, democracy, civil liberties, and justice, Bekdil said, pointing to “gloomy facts and figures”.

The percentage of Turks who feel like strangers in their country is dependent on their political preferences, according to Bekdil, who was commenting on a recent poll by research company Konda.

Still, a full third of religious/conservative Turks and 24 percent of Turks who voted for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) share this feeling, he said.

Bekdil also highlighted findings by Konda that showed most Turks, with the exception of AKP loyalists, did not see a bright future for their children.