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The Abkhaz in Turkey: Navigating identity, unity and belonging

12 April 2024

This resource was produced by MRG’s partner(s) with MRG. It remains the property of the organization(s) in question and does not necessarily reflect the views of MRG.

Abkhazs residing in Turkey share a profound historical connection with their homeland, Abkhazia. This report explores the multifaceted challenges faced by the Abkhaz community in Turkey, emphasizing their historical ties with Abkhazia, aspirations for unrestricted visitation, and the quest for recognition of Abkhazia as an independent state by the Turkish Republic. For this purpose, the most densely populated cities in Abkhazia, Turkey—Düzce, Sakarya, and Eskişehir—were chosen for this field research.

This content was published in the context of the programme ‘Strengthening the capacity of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities in Türkiye’ (MARC). Learn more >

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