‘New Wave Turks’ : Turkish graduates of German universities and the Turkish diaspora in Germany

Yusuf Ikbal OLDAC*, Nigel FANCOURT

*Corresponding author for this work

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Mobility is becoming a defining feature of today’s globalising society. Individuals move for a variety of reasons, including finding employment or pursuing education. This paper focuses on the interrelationship between two different types of migrants who have all moved out of one specific country to another. It builds on the perceptions of Turkish graduates of German universities who moved cross-border recently to study in German universities, the self-styled ‘New Wave Turks’, to understand their place within the existing Turkish diaspora there. Although the existing Turkish diaspora in Germany is well researched, as is how diasporas can facilitate further mobility, the interaction between these newcomers and the existing Turkish diaspora in Germany has received little scholarly attention. Through in-depth semi-structured interviews with recent Turkish graduates of German universities, we explored how the existing diaspora provides support but also challenges for the newcomers, complicating their experiences. We argue that international student mobility led to the emergence of a new form of ‘total diaspora’ in Germany, comprising both the existing Turkish diaspora and newly joined Turkish graduates of German universities. Social media was instrumental for these newcomers in setting themselves apart within the total diaspora, allowing them to create their own community identity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621-640
Number of pages20
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Studies
Issue number5
Early online date8 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sept 2021
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the British Association for International and Comparative Education under [Grant number 20181101]. Further, this study is part of a wider doctoral study of the first author which is funded by Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. The authors would like to thank Dr Maia Chankseliani for her comments on the earlier drafts.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • diaspora
  • Germany
  • higher education
  • international student mobility
  • Turkey


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