Yüksel Pazarkaya

is a writer and translator. He was born in Izmir (Turkey) in 1940 and lives in Germany. Since 1960 he writes poetry in both Turkish and German.


Traces that won't go away

The Gastarbeiter fifty years on

The first Turkish Gastarbeiter arrived in Germany fifty years ago. Since then their reception in German society has swung back and forth between enthusiasm and hostility. Yüksel Pazarkaya, who arrived as a student with the first wave of Gastarbeiter in the 1960s, summarizes the history of Turkish labour migrants in Germany, drawing conclusions for today’s renewed debate on integration.

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