12 Kazakh Diaspora In Turkey

Kazakh Diaspora In Turkey

Posted on November 8, 2011 by

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.

Lunch time.

Kazakh friends. This woman is 77.

This mosque was built by Kazakhs in 1975.

Names of the leaders of the migration are inscribed on this stele.


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12 Responses to “Kazakh Diaspora In Turkey”

  1. Andreas Esse says:

    Both Mongolians, its not really immigration, its same blooded co-habitation :P

  2. burak_ck says:

    “”The migration was caused by different reasons: political, economic and religious.”” …. well it was because of stalin

  3. Tovarich Volk says:

    Although there may not be a need, it would seem to be fairly easy for the Kazakh’s transplanted in Turkey to re-acquire their own language, in the fact that they are related languages in the way that Slavic or even Romance languages are.

  4. Ostyak-Vogul says:

    In Kazakhstan women are not forced to wear a big scarf on head. Apparently in Turkey they are. One can criticizes communism, but in muslim countries it helped very much to freed the women from slavery.

  5. Mariel says:

    other costumes …

  6. A.Oscar says:

    Kazakhstan’s: dispersed in many countries, in total believed to be more than six million. It is in Iran, Turkey, Syrian, Lebanon, Iraq, maybe in Russian too. And maybe more dispersed into other countries. That was done because of many wars. Iraq Iran and Turkey: their did want to make the won country, ads is treating like gypsies. Many people all over the world would like to have the won country and nobody did help. But it is normal many people still having the background in mind, most old, but it is on the family. If we mention about Gypsies: their came from India or surrounds centuries ago , we cannot saying their like to have won country, In Europe alone may have millions too: and have the won Leader which speak for everyone in all Europe. When Portugal have had the war in Africa: their need some of them, and at that time give equality of life like the other Portuguese. Than the war finish and came back again to the same treatment. But now having horses and subsidized by the government with some jealousy from the Portuguese community. A.Oscar

  7. tr says:

    In Turkey, women are not forced to wear scarf. It s their own choice. Also, it is forbidden to wear scarves in universities, government buildings etc.. and Turkey is not Muslin country, it is secular.

  8. Akskl says:

    Paul Nazaroff “Hunted Through Central Asia” Oxford University Press 1993
    First published 1932

    Over an immense area in Asia where the wandering Kazakhs (“Kirghiz” in the book – how Russians called Kazakhs to distingusigh them from their Cossacks – A.) have scattered, their manner of life and their peculiar culture, developed through millenia of existence in the free open steppe, is the same, identical in space and identical, too, in time. These nomads were free to move about the plains at their own sweet will, as though upon an open sea, and there was nothing to prevent the Kazakhs of the Tian Shan from wandering away to steppes of Siberia, of the Ural or the Volga, except, of course, nowadays the Bolshevik Government.

    This freedom and the mobility of the nomads of the steppe has evolved their own peculiar culture, character and manner of life, and has played a very important part in the history of Asia, which has not yet been properly appre­ciated by historians nor sufficiently studied. It has reacted profoundly on the fate of Russia, and even Western Europe has by no means escaped its influence. The burning sands of Egypt, the valleys of Mesopotamia and of Palestine (the myriad horsemen of Gog and Magog), and of India and the valleys of Russia and of Central Europe and even Chalons, the Catalaunian plains of France, Hellas, too, and Rome, all have seen the forbears of our Kazakh of to-day, though under various names – as Scythians or Massagetae, Huns, Polovtsi, Kipchaks, Kumans, Pechenegs, Alans, Tartars and so on. On every side their invasions have left their mark, not only destructive, for sometimes they have altered the course of historical development and affected the blood, language, character, manners and customs of the people with whom they have come into contact. Just as the Nor­mans in their day made use of their mobility upon the seas to spread their influence and culture throughout the West, so these nomads of the steppes of Asia have done the same in the East. The broad belt of grassy plains across the old continent, which has given rise to the peculiar type of nomad Turki and his inseparable comrade, the horse of the steppe, has had enormous influence on the destinies of the settled nations and of civilisation itself.
    All distant invasions and the ` migration of peoples’ have been possible owing to one single factor, hitherto ignored by historians, and that is the horse of the steppes. This animal is endowed with most valuable qualities of supporting fatigue and of endless endurance and the power of keeping up prolonged hard work on green food only, on mere grazing, of which other races of horse are quite incapable, being dependent on corn. These outstanding qualities of the steppe horse were fully appreciated and widely used by the great military leaders of Asia, conquerors, Jenghiz Khan, Tamerlane and the others [1], which explains the secret of their success.
    The limits of attainment and conquest of the countless hordes of Asia depended not upon the powers of resistance of the subject peoples nor upon their armies, but were defined by the moist meadow grazing, by the cold damp of the north and by the tropical heat of the valleys of India, which were fatal to the horse of the Kazakhs.

    1 See Ivanoff, ‘ On the Art of War of the Mongol-Tartars’ (in Russian), a little known but extremely interesting work. Also two papers by me, ” The Scythians Past and Present” (‘Edinburgh Review,’ July 1929, pp. 108-122), and ” The Sons of Gog ” (‘ English Review,’ March 1930).

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