Turks mark 50th anniversary of Netherlands migration -- that cheap foreign labour worked out really well, didn’t it?
In 2012, the Netherlands were represented at the Eurovision Song Contest by a Rotterdam-born singer, from a Turkish father, Joan Franka.
In the end, Joan, whose birth name is Ayten Kalan, didn’t win the Eurovision competition which gathers artists from various Eurasian countries each year.
Still, she is a prime example of a Turkish community that has immensely contributed to contemporary Dutch society.
As model Deniz Akkoyun before her. Born and raised in the central province of Utrecht in Holland, of Turkish parents, she was elected “Miss Nederland” in 2008.
Or Izmir-born actress Elvan Akyildiz, who had a key role on the children’s show, Sesamstraat, the Dutch co-production of Sesame Street, still a reference to children around the world.
Turkish people have played a crucial role in the cultural and economic development of the Netherlands, according to Dutch Consul General in Istanbul, Robert Schuddeboom as this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Turkish migration to one of the European Union’s founding countries...
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Wow! A Eurovision contestant and a TV actor: these are massive contributions--where would the Netherlands be without them?
(The “Miss Netherlands” might have been a political choice and even if she wasn’t, how does this really stack up against all the extra crime and cost of these people on welfare--and now heading to the Middle East to join ISIS?)
All so someone could make a short-term profit fifty years ago.