Over 20 thousand Kazakhs live in Turkey today. The Kazakh diaspora in Turkey originates from the migration wave of 1930, when 18 thousand Kazakhs moved to India and Pakistan, and later in 1952 they moved to Turkey. The migration was caused by different reasons: political, economic and religious.
The majority of Kazakh immigrants live in Istanbul.
Back then they had to choose between the USA and Turkey, and they chose the latter due to the similarity of culture and traditions of Turkey and Kazakhstan.
Turkish government helps the immigrants assimilate by providing them with land, housing and cattle, granting citizenship, and releasing them from military service for a 5-yeear-period.
This professor of history, born in Turkey, belongs to an intellectual elite of the diaspora. He represents the third generation of his family which lives in this country.
At first he studied programming but his wrestle with question of where Kazakhs came from and where they go to, made him turn to history.
His wife is from India. They have three daughters and a son, who have to attend Kazakh language classes to be able to speak it. Unfortunately, by this time most Kzakhs living in Turkey have forgotten it.