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Turks in Berlin

Turkish community of Berlin
Total population

Official number of people with Turkish background: 176,743[1] (5.1%)

Other estimates range from 200,000-500,000[2]
Regions with significant populations
Kreuzberg, Neukölln, Schöneberg, Gesundbrunnen, Moabit, Hansaviertel
German · Turkish
Sunni Islam
Related ethnic groups
Turks in Germany

Turks in Berlin are people of Turkish ethnicity living in Berlin where they form the largest ethnic minority group with a population of around 200,000, making it the largest Turkish settlement outside of Turkey.[3] The largest communities can be found in Kreuzberg, Neukölln, with substantial populations in Schöneberg, Gesundbrunnen, Mitte, Spandau, Steglitz. 97% of all Turks live in former West Berlin.


As of 2010, there were approx. 115,000 people with only Turkish citizenship residing in Berlin.[4] Additionally, there are many people with both German and Turkish citizenship or just with German citizenship. Including people with partial Turkish ancestry there are up to 200,000 Turks in Berlin. The German state does not keep statistics on race, instead they categorize ethnic groups originating from Turkey as being of Turkish national origin. Therefore, this also includes ethnic minorities from Turkey. Furthermore, these figures do not include ethnic Turkish minorities from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Iraq, Kosovo[a], Macedonia, Romania or any other traditional area of Turkish settlement because they are categorized by their country of origin rather than their ethnic Turkish identity.

Top 5 Berlin Boroughs with largest population claiming Turkish Descent
Rank Borough Population Percentage
1 Mitte 38,245 11.4%
2 Neukölln 36,932 12.0%
3 Kreuzberg 29,225 10.9%
4 Tempelhof-Schöneberg 22,043 6.6%
5 Reinickendorf 13,894 5.8%

Notes and references


^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been out of United Nations member states.


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