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Turkey’s pursuit of EU membership has been heartily embraced by the government of Prime Minister Erdoğan but the principles of an open society, which are prerequisites for actual progress on this issue, have hardly been implemented in a way consistent with Western norms. The degree to which any society can be characterized as “open” is best measured by the way that foreigners are treated by both the government and society at large. In this respect, Turkey’s Ottoman heritage and experience still seem to inform attitudes and feelings about “foreigner policy” as reflected in the numbers of foreigners working in the country.

 

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