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Muslims fleeing Islamophobia in France settling in Turkiye: Report

February 17, 2022 at 3:06 pm

French citizens protest against islamophobia in Paris, France on 10 November 2019 [Pierre Crom/Getty Images]

Turkiye has become an attractive destination for Muslims fleeing France due to Islamophobia, according to a report by French newspaper, Le Journal du Dimanche, on Wednesday, and reported by Anadolu News Agency.

It said that many qualified young French of North African origin are also settled in Gulf countries, but the modern, yet traditional, Turkiye has now become an increasingly popular migration destination for them.

Thirty-two-year-old Thibault, a baker from Isere, France, first moved to Bosnia and Herzegovina and later, Norway. He eventually settled in Istanbul, Turkiye with his wife and two children, more than a year ago.

The couple first thought about moving to Egypt or Morocco, but preferred Turkiye as its diverse culture is closer to their lifestyle.

Fosil Mahani, a YouTube influencer who settled in the Turkish Mediterranean province of Antalya in 2019, said Turkiye’s blend of European and Middle Eastern culture appealed him.

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Muslim convert, David Bizet, who founded Facebook group, “Immigration to Turkey”, is also living in Turkiye since 2019. He is originally from Dijon in eastern France.

The report quoted a recent post by Bizet, which read: “Hardly a week passes by without messages from the French who have settled in Turkiye or want to settle down.”

French authorities have been accused of cornering its Muslim community and, in recent years, many mosques and civil society organisations are said to have closed down.

French President, Emmanuel Macron, has described Islam as a “religion in crisis” and also introduced a set of principles that would define an Islam of France.

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