Survey: 'Almost 40 percent of Turks would leave Austria for money'
The Local · 8 Sep 2016, 10:11
Published: 08 Sep 2016 10:11 GMT+02:00
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The survey was carried out by the Union of European Turkish Democrats (UETD), an organisation which is said to have close ties to the Erdogan government.
According to Austria’s Die Presse newspaper, the organisation interviewed 1,270 Austrian-Turks about their relationship with Austria and under which circumstances they would consider leaving the country.
84.5 percent of those interviewed said they felt frustrated by rising Islamophobia in Austria. According to the UETD survey, 42.7 percent are so unhappy they no longer want to live in Austria.
53.5 percent said they would immediately leave the country if they had the chance, and 39.8 percent stated they would do so if they were offered financial compensation. Of those who said they would leave if they were paid to do so, 43.8 percent said they would only go if given €100,000, while the remainder would be content with a lower sum.
Asked where they would go if they did leave Austria, 88.8 percent said Turkey would be their first choice.
The survey comes amidst an ongoing diplomatic row between Austria and Turkey. After the failed coup attempt in Turkey, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz warned he would move to block any move that brings Turkey closer to joining the European Union. The Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern even went so far as to say: "the membership negotiations are currently no more than fiction."
As a result Turkey recalled its ambassador to Austria and accused the country of supporting terrorism and being a centre for Islamophobia.
Story courtesy of Central European News.