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Turks and the future of German cities

Kottbusser Tor in Berlin-Kreuzberg
Kottbusser Tor in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Photo: flickr/gaetano massa meet frank pettinato

In Berlin there are about 200,000 German Turks; in Frankfurt, some 40,000; in Hamburg, some 60,000; and in Cologne, around 64,000.

Table 1: German Turks in German cities

 

Cologne
Berlin
Frankfurt
Hamburg

Total population

1,025,094
3,399,739
672,317
1,770,629

German Turks

63,839
200,000
40,000
60,000

percentage

6.4 percent
5.9 percent
5.9 percent
3.4 percent

 

(2007)[4]
(2006)[5]
(2007)[6]
(2007)[7]

 


Germany. Map: Wikipedia Commons

Demographic trends are also interesting. In Berlin, for example:

  • 28 percent of kindergarteners in Berlin do not speak German as their mother tongue [8]
  • In some central districts, the number is much higher: 44 percent in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, 54 percent in Neukölln, and 60 percent in Mitte.
  • By 2015 foreigners will account for over half (52 percent) of the under-18 population of West Berlin [9]

[4] 2007 – Einwohnerdaten im Überblick, Cologne Statistical Office, 2007…

[5] Martin Greve, Kalbiye Nur Orhan, Berlin Deutsch-Tuerkisch, May 2008, p. 13.

[6] Stadt Frankfurt, Statistik aktuell, 27/2008

[8] Berlin Deutsch-Türkisch – Einblicke in die neue Vielfalt, May 2008, p. 40

[9] Stefan Luft, Abschied von Multikulti, p.33

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