chapter  7
From ‘remittance machines’ to ‘Euro Turks’
Turkey’s changing perceptions of Turkish citizens abroad
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Emigrants are often an ambiguous asset for their homeland government. They may be viewed as an economic and political resource-base, but actually tapping into these resources is sometimes easier said than done. Moreover, emigrants’ political activities may be perceived as a threat when dissidence unfolds on the political stage of their receiving countries, outside the reach of the homeland state. The relationship between the Turkish State (and government) and its citizens and former citizens abroad amply illustrates this ambiguity.