Although second and third generation Turks born in Germany are well integrated into society, many of them are returning to the land of their forefathers for economic reasons. Hamburg, Germany. 2nd October, 2011
They are by far the largest group of immigrants in Germany. Although, half a century after the signing of the bilateral agreement on the recruitment of Turkish "Gastarbeiter" (migrant workers) with Ankara, most of their children are well integrated in German society, the first generation of immigrants still reside in urban districts where the flair of "the old country" is in the air. Many of the children and children's children of Germans of Turkish origin, half of whom have acquired German citizenship, are now however making their way back to the booming land of their fathers in search of their fortune.
It is in particular highly qualified Germans of Turkish origin, quite often university graduates, who decide to go back to the country of their parents. Among the Turks living in the diaspora the word has spread that people like them – “Alamancilar” (Germanoturks) – stand very good chances of striking it rich under the "gold rush" conditions prevailing in a country that even in times of crisis has managed to register double-digit growth rates. Many of them also take the step, because in Germany they do not feel a hundred per cent welcome and that their parents never really made it in Germany, either.