zeytinburnu municipality

Zeytinburnu which is a district in Istanbul is located next to historical walls of Constantinople and the all population composes migrants due to either economic or political reasons. First migration was inner migration from Anatolia to industrial areas in Istanbul and Zeytinburnu was commercial and industrial hub for textile and leather industry in which labor force is intense. The population has increased nearly fourfold during this internal migration movements and it reached three hundred thousand.  Zeytinburnu received first international migrants in 1960s from Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Next international migration movement was from Afghanistan in 1980s during Soviet invasion to Afghanistan. Afghan migration has not stopped until today yet and they move to Zeytinburnu both as transit country to move European countries or settlement and working in Zeytinburnu. Ex-Soviet country citizens also prefer Zeytinburnu regarding high textile trade volume with Russia and job opportunities. In addition, Turkish oriented people in Balkans also fled to Zeytinburnu due to political reasons and assimilation endeavors. The last chain for this migration was Syrian influx in 2011. Zeytinburnu hosts the most populous Syrian refugee community in proportion to its own population in Istanbul. Today the municipality serves people form Bulgarian, Iraqi, Moroccan, Albanian, Pakistani, Georgian, Syrian, Uzbek, Afghan and Russian nationality. Because of such cosmopolitan population structure in Zeytinburnu, the municipality plays a pioneering role in activities as social cohesion, acceptance of diversity and integration in Istanbul.

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