Turkey's chief European Union negotiator on Friday said guest workers or "Gastarbeiter" from Turkey had made major contributions to Germany's post-war economic miracle.
"Germany, which was destroyed fifty years ago, today is one of the greatest economies of the world and Turkish workers have a major in that impressive achievement," Egemen Bagis told an Istanbul conference marking the 50th anniversary of the first arrival of Turkish workers in Germany.
Bagis said Turkish workers who migrated to Germany in 1960s had become entrepreneurs and employers there, Turks living in Germany had significantly affected the country's politics, economy, arts and sports.
Bagis said Turkey paid close attention to the integration efforts of the Turks living in Germany, adding that the Turkish government had established a state body to address problems faced by Turks living abroad.
There are an estimated 3 million Turkish migrants living in Germany. Nearly, 4.5 million Turks returned home.
Also participating in the conference, Turkish State Minister Faruk Celik said Turks living abroad were richness to their hosting countries with their cultures, faiths and with their values, adding that Turks employed over 640 thousand people abroad generating an economic activity of billions of euros.
"Our citizens in Europe face problems such family reunification, visa requirements, Turkish language courses and Islamophobia. Our goal is to prevent that. And we are expecting due diligence on those issues from concerned countries," Celik said.