Belgium’s right wing calls on Turks to return

Thursday, November 24, 2011
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French and Belgium far-right demonstrators walk with banners in Lille on Oct 8. AFP Photo
French and Belgium far-right demonstrators walk with banners in Lille on Oct 8. AFP Photo

Belgium’s right-wing conservatives are campaigning to fund the return of Turkish migrants living in the city of Ghent to Turkey with the ironic slogan “Emirda??n sana ihtiyac? var” (Emirda? needs you).

The Vlaams Belang party’s campaign attempts to convince the Turks in Ghent, many of whom were from the city of Emirda? in the Afyonkarahisar province of Turkey, to return to their hometown.

“There are a lot of Turks who are not happy here,” Johan Deckmyn, Vlaams Belang parliamentary member, told Hürriyet Daily News yesterday. “You cannot tell these people to return if you do not have an initiative for them.”

He said their campaign addressed Turks who could not adapt to Belgian culture and those who wanted to return to Turkey even though they had emigrated. Pointing to many failed government projects such as the attempt to send funds to African nations, Deckmyn said funds could be used for their project instead.

The Turkish community in Ghent called the project racist, but Deckmyn denied the claims: “I am not a racist. I am not anti-Turk. I just want to live in a country that is still my country.” The parliamentary member complained the Turkish population in Ghent was making the city “Turkish.”

“Some parts of Ghent are becoming Turkish. My native neighborhood is becoming Turkish. I don’t recognize it anymore,” Deckmyn said about the change of shop names in the city. “I’m sure Turks would not like to have Swedish quarters in Ankara.”

The campaign used Turkey’s economic growth as a reason for Turks to return to Turkey. Deckmyn said the party was against Turkey’s membership to the European Union although they welcomed economic relations between the two parties.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

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3 Replies to “Belgium’s right wing calls on Turks to return”

  1. When folk of whatever nationality or race take it upon themselves to immigrate in search of a better life, if follows that they are under a duty, not just to adapt but to aspire to the principles and values which made made such a life possible in their host country. Unfortunately; some groups, Muslim in particular, who while enjoying the material benefit of the host aspired to no other values other than those of their countries of origin. Of course; it would be totally unfair to lay the blame for this state of affairs on their backs alone.

    Thanks to the PC/MC and other such downright unenlightened polices and values, these groups were not only actively encouraged to feel at home while abroad, but were also funded at the expense of the majority. Worse; any voice of dissent however legitimate met with threats of spurious claims of racism or Islamaphobia to silence them into submission.

    If it was only that simple, silence any opposition and the problem will go away! Hopeless!

    One way or another Europe is now well down the road to a full blown dictatorship of one kind or another.

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