Does the outcome of the election signal hope for the Turkish diaspora?

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The victory has revived hopes among the opposition, which was deeply disappointed by Erdogan’s reelection victory in last year’s general elections.
Ozel’s acknowledgment of these young people in his speech before the enthusiastic crowd in the Turkish capital, Ankara, is not without reason.
But could this victory, coming after so many years, be a glimmer of hope for these young people to return home?
Turkish expats in Europe balance hope, reality Ozgecan Ozeren, 35, who relocated to Germany three years ago, one of the most popular destinations for Turkish expats, finds the election results encouraging but not sufficient.
It will take much more than an election victory for Bagdat to risk a return.
When asked about the latest elections, Bagdat said he has already lost hope for Turkey regarding the Armenian genocide recognition along with the security and well-being of the minority.
Among them are those who have harbored hopes of a change in government with each Turkish election cycle.
In past elections, Bagdat even jokingly criticized those who prematurely packed their suitcases.

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Following President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s historic defeat of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in last week’s local elections, Turkey’s political landscape underwent a significant shift.

In addition to winning 14 major cities, including the vital hubs of Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, the center-left Republican People’s Party (CHP) also claimed victories in 21 smaller municipalities. This victory was greeted with nationwide celebration.

After being severely let down by Erdogan’s reelection win in the previous year’s general elections, the opposition has found new hope in this victory. For the first time in a long time, people were cheering and celebrating in the streets.

“Young people who had packed their suitcases in their minds decided to wait for another election with this victory,” CHP leader Ozgur Ozel said in his victory speech. “.

It makes sense that Ozel acknowledged these youths during his speech to the fervent assembly in Ankara, the capital of Turkey. Recent years have seen the greatest brain drain in Turkey’s modern history as young people disenchanted with 22 years of conservative rule choose to migrate abroad to places they believe offer more economic and political stability.

However, given how long it has taken, could this victory offer some hope that these young people will eventually be able to return home?

Turkish foreigners living in Europe strike a balance between optimism and reality.

The election results are encouraging, but not enough, according to 35-year-old Ozgecan Ozeren, who moved to Germany three years ago—one of the most sought-after locations for Turkish expats.

Ozeren, a marketing manager for a German company, says she came to Germany in hopes of improving her work-life balance, obtaining a higher standard of living, lowering her stress level, and easing her worries about the future. She stated that she had been hoping for the recent elections for the previous 22 years.

Because of the difficult conditions in Turkey, I have always harbored worries for my loved ones who are still there, even after moving away. As a result, she said, “I had a tremendous sense of relief and hope for my country.”. However, Ozeren said that her mid-term plans, which included possibly returning to her home country, were not significantly affected by the elections. Undoubtedly, it will require time to confront and overcome the effects of the past 22 years. ****.

A multinational company in Frankfurt employs Esra Ogun, a technology specialist, in its research and development division. The 35-year-old, who has been residing in Germany since 2014, expressed disappointment in her experiences during the German elections. It is more depressing, she said, than what she saw in Turkey, the joy among German-Turks following Erdogan’s victories.

“Our dreams of going back to Turkey were gradually fading away, as were the election-day cheers we had to endure in front of the Turkish consulate, and the celebrations that went until midnight with honking horns after each election. ****.

Despite the fact that Ogun feels more hopeful now that the recent elections have occurred, she stated that she prefers the working environment in Germany and that she does not intend to visit Turkey again until she is retired.

Other significant ties that Ogun has to her current place of residence are the recent expansion of the Turkish diaspora in Germany and the supportive environment. She said that she only had one Turkish friend when she first moved to Frankfurt, but that number has since increased to dozens, and they come from a variety of professions.

Identifying her group as “those seeking a tranquil existence free from subjugation,” she continued, “It seems like Germany has abruptly evolved into our new Turkey.”. ****.

Product safety test engineer Onur Keskin, who is employed in the UK, has indicated that he intends to stay overseas indefinitely by taking a notable lack of position on the recent election results. His reasons for leaving Turkey were summed up as follows: “the lawless environment, anxiety about the future, social and economic insecurity, not being valued enough in Turkish business life, imbalance and stress in the daily flow of life.”. “.

The deeply ingrained nature of the current problems was highlighted by Keskin, who stated, “While the government is often identified as the root cause of these issues, I don’t believe the current ruling regime’s loss of power will be the solution.”.

“The general issue here is that people’s sense of justice has been lost. Instead of focusing on the event itself, they consider the person who is the subject of the event when determining whether or not something is right. From the way kids treat one another to the way cars drive, intolerance is evident everywhere. It even permeates the workplace. ****.

resolute voice amidst political difficulties.

Returning home is still an option for many Turkish expatriates who have recently moved to Europe. But the prospect poses much bigger obstacles for opposition figures like Turkish-Armenian journalist Hayko Bagdat. Before Bagdat risks a comeback, much more needs to happen than an election win.

Bagdat, who is on trial in his home country for insulting President Erdogan, could spend ten years behind bars. The accusations against him, which are based on some of his columns and posts on social media, have been refuted by him.

Speaking about the most recent elections, Bagdat said he had already given up on Turkey’s recognition of the Armenian genocide as well as the safety and well-being of the minority, among other issues.

“There’s not much to get excited about, in my opinion as an Armenian,” he stated. But suddenly there was a spark of strength in his voice. Naturally, though, I am not just Armenian. I am a part of the immense happiness that millions of people in Turkey share, including women, children, prisoners’ friends, and Kurds.

After fleeing Turkey in 2017 due to increasing pressure and threats, Bagdat found support in the opposition artists, intellectuals, and journalists who are now settling in Berlin. Those who have anticipated a shift in government with every Turkish election cycle are among them.

Bagdat even mocked those who had already packed their bags for the election in the past. This time, though, he admitted that his viewpoint had clearly changed.

He declared, “This time we are not going to make fun of optimism.”. “Everyone is in agreement. We are all filled with hope even though it is still too early to pack our bags. It’s a sentiment filled with bravery instead of being foolish and melancholy due to nostalgia. Even though we know that difficult times are ahead, we are motivated to prepare, plan, and behave appropriately. “.”.

Martin Kuebler was the editor.

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