Under a massive new campaign to preserve Turkey’s cultural identity, children of Turkish immigrants in Europe placed with non-Turk families by social services may be retrieved to be “raised in an environment similar to their native culture.”
Ankara has launched a comprehensive drive and is mobilizing diplomatic efforts to retrieve Turkish children placed in foster care in a number of European countries, Bekir Bozdag, the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, recently announced.
The move comes after a court in the Netherlands refused to return Yunus, a nine year-old Turkish boy, to his biological Turkish family because his mother did not speak Dutch. Yunus was fostered by a Dutch lesbian couple. Turkey’s expatriate authority, the YTB, said in a statement that Yunus referred to both parents as “mother” “out of confusion for the family institution,” and was frequently taken to church.
Prime Minister Erdogan will visit the Netherlands on the 21st of March.
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