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Turkish 'n German Culture Essay

4762 words - 20 pages

When guests became migrants and
workers pensioners

Term paper for “International Culture Management”
Winter Semester 2012


This paper is divided into three parts. The first section of the paper reports about the personal experience of different cultural backgrounds from the perspective of turkish and German people. It refers to the different cognition of both parties during the first migration wave.
Further it deals with the issues of integration into German society and the failure which caused isolation into turkish community districts like Koeln-Mühlheim. Today, Turks represent about 4-5% of Germany’s total population. What does the word “guest ...view middle of the document...

This resulted in the replacement of Germans by Turks because of the higher quality workforce. Until today, Turks separate themselves more from the German society than any other migration group. One of the reasons for this separation might be the tendency to live in isolated communities, followed by the low willingness to learn the German language. Turks interact only little outside of their own ethnic group and identify more with Turkey than other immigrant groups with their respective countries of origin.

The second section reports from an interview with Turks who migrated to Germany in the 1960s to work and gain new experience. Their personal positive and negative experience, cultural issues and integration story function as basis of this paper. We had the pleasure to meet them in the authentic atmosphere of a turkish restaurant in Koeln Muelheim. They shared their impressions of Germany and gave us an overview of how they had struggled. The plan to leave Germany after having saved enough money to return and live in Turkey with a higher standard of living was the same in every story. The reasons for staying and changing this plan varied but the dream of a better live made them settle.

The third section of the paper deals with hofstede's theory.
Geert Hofstede is an influential dutch researcher in the fields of organizational culture studies.
His theory of cultural dimensions describes mainly the effects of a society's culture on the values of its members, and how these values relate to behavior, using a structure derived from factor analysis. Splitted in five different segments (Power distance, individualism, uncertainty, masculinity and long term orientation ) Hofstede found a possibility to measure the different cultural aspects. Applying this theory to our paper, it underlines the cultural differences between Germany and Turkey and explains the problems that made migration so difficult.

Interview with foreign workers

We met three contemporary witnesses whose stories stand as great examples for turkish foreign workers from the 1960’s. They are originally turkish citizens who integrated themselves in Germany since their immigration. Everyone of them has it’s own interesting and exciting story and they were willing to give us an insight on to their Adventures. Their positive and negative experiences were shared with us.

In order to present our interviewees in a harmonious atmosphere we set the meeting in the turkish restaurant “Doy Doy” , which is famous for its delicious turkish cuisine. First we introduce our interviewees by taking a closer look at their personal information:

Name Zeki Keskinkilic Servet Keskinkilic Erkal Özgüzel

Profession watchmaker nursery nurse unskilled worker

Year of 1967 1967 1964

Children three daughters (former Cologne Business...

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