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Meskhetian Turks from Ukraine Find a New Home in Turkey

Turkish officials, in 2015, welcome the first group of Meskhetian Turks that the country agreed to repatriate from Ukraine. Turkey has just received the last group of resettlees. (photo: TOKI)

Turkey has accepted the last of thousands of Meskhetian Turks from Ukraine whom it has agreed to take in as part of an ambitious resettlement program for the multiply exiled post-Soviet people.

On November 16, 185 Meskhetian Turks from Ukraine arrived in Turkey, the sixth and final group in a resettlement program launched by Ankara in 2015. Of all the peoples deported en masse to Central Asia and Siberia during the Soviet period, the Meskhetian Turks have proven among the least successful in their attempts to return home, and speaking to Turkish media some expressed hope that this would be their final stop after being exiled several times over the past seven decades.

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