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Christians Are Second-Class Citizens In Turkey


Turkey’s small Christian population isn’t enjoying all the same rights as the Muslim majority. The Greek Orthodox Church has a particularly difficult relationship with the state, says religion expert Walter Flick.


Walter Flick: Turkey has almost 80 million inhabitants. There are only around 120,000 Christians, which is less than 1 percent of the population. Christians are certainly seen as second-class citizens. Christians aren’t equal. You can’t say they’re being persecuted in Turkey, but they don’t have the same rights, especially when it comes to religious freedom.

The state has started confiscating real estate belonging to Greek Orthodox Christians. Many properties have been confiscated over the past few decades, for example office buildings, orphanages and other institutions.