|TEPAV - ORSAM Report: Abkhazia for the Integration of the Black Sea|
|Articles - Reports|
|Wednesday, 16 December 2009 20:23|
Turkish businessmen of the Black Sea coast and members of the Diaspora recall that the journeys were comfortable and enjoyable. Chains of forced and sometimes semi-voluntary mass migrations formed the present day North Caucasian Diaspora in Turkey. Today, there are more Abkhazians in Turkey than in Abkhazia and more North West Caucasians than in the North West Caucasus. The Georgian-Abkhaz war helped to transform the Diaspora into a political factor in the context of relations between Turkey and Abkhazia. A modern, post-Cold War wave of cultural and political awareness has been developing among the Diaspora sustained by the increased cultural, political and economic relations with Abkhazia.
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TEPAV - The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey
ORSAM - Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies