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German Turkish women

Turkish women in Germany
Turkish women at the Myfest 2008 in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Photo: flickr/CDrewing

Most Turkish women (adults) in Germany are married:

Married
Single
Divored or widows

75 percent
20 percen
5 percent

However, of Turkish women aged 18-29 almost half (49 percent) are not married![28]

German Turks marry earlier than Germans.

Average age at marriage

Turks

Germans

21 for women

30 for women

24 for men

33 for men

At the end of 2006 the average age of a Turkish citizen in Germany was 34.6[29] . The average age of a German citizen in was 42.4 years.[30]

97 percent of German Turkish women are in favour of strengthening women's rights. Only a minority of women (but a majority of men) approve of the “traditional role of women.” (see Table 3)

The number of working German Turkish women is higher than the number of working women in Turkey! (see Table 2)

Table 1: Children per woman

German average
German Turks
Turks in Turkey

1.37 children per woman (2007)[31]
1.7 children per woman (2005)[32]
2.18 children per woman (2006)[33]

 

Table 2: German Turkish women: employment[34]

Housewife
Working full time
          Part time
Unemployed
Student
Maternity leave
Pensioner
Other

38.8 percent
20.0 percent
13.6 percent
9.5 percent
7.4 percent
4.1 percent
2.9 percent
3.7 percent

 

Table 3: Support for the "traditional role of women" [35]

Age group

Women

Men

Below 30
45-59

39.3
46.4

60.1
67.8


[32] Dieter Oberndorfer, Volkische Demografie, Stiftung fur Sozialgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts, 2006, p. 9

[33] Turkish statistical Office TURKSTAT, Population and Demography 1990 - 2006

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