Dual Citizenship Enforcement towards Turkish People Living in European Countries: The Sample of Belgium

Gelekci C.

BILIG, no.59, pp.123-146, 2011 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Journal Name: BILIG
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.123-146
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Approximately half a century has passed since the first labor immigrants were sent from Turkey to work in European Countries. At first, labor immigrations were considered temporary. However, in the course of time, this went beyond what was initially planned. While some Turkish laborers returned to their home countries, others decided to settle in the European countries they had emigrated to. The settling laborers faced many difficulties related to education, language, employment, and enforcements concerning citizenship and dual citizenship. With the scope of the field research held between August 2008 to August 2009 in Belgium, this study attempts to present Belgium's attitude towards dual citizenship in general and towards Turkish settlers' dual citizenship in particular as well as the number of Turkish people holding dual citizenship in Belgium.