Why so many Turks in Algeria and Tunisia?

Mar 2013
5
London
It seems extremely plausible to me that the Turkish minorities in both Algeria and Tunisia do make up at least 25% of today’s population. The reasons for today’s high percentage of Turkish descendants in Algeria and Tunisia compared to other countries with Turkish minorities, such as those in the Balkans, is NOT because the Ottoman Turks favoured these North African countries to the Balkans. During the late 18th century, until the end of the 20th century, most Ottoman Turks began to immigrate ["back"] to Anatolia (present-day Turkey) as "MUHACIRS" (which means refugees) due to a number of events which discriminated against them:

The Russo-Turkish Wars (1828-1829, 1877-78)
The Balkan Wars (1912-13)
The First World War (1914-1918)
The establishment of the Republic of Turkey which encouraged migration to the "motherland" (1923)
The Population exchange between Greece and Turkey (1923)
The Second World War (1939-1945)
Communist Yugoslavia (1943-1992)
Communist Bulgaria (1989)
The Cyprus conflict (1963-1974)

It is difficult to estimate the total number of muhacirs but about 1,200,000 Bulgarian Turks have immigrated to Turkey between 1878-1992. A further 45,000 Turkish Cypriots arrived in Turkey between 1878-1931. Approximately 800,000 Turks had emigrated from Greece by the end of the First World War. 500,000 Romanian Turks and 800,000 Yugoslavian Turks (the Yugoslavian migration included Bosnians and Albanians too) had also arrived in Anatolia during this period.

One must consider that high scale [return]-migration like this to Turkey DID NOT occur in Algeria and Tunisia. Yet today the Turkish minorities are still visible in countries outside of northern Africa... about 18% of Cyprus’s population (not including 1974 settlers), 13% of Iraq’s population, 10% of Bulgaria’s population, 5% of Macedonia’s population, between 1-2% of Kosovo’s population, and 1% of Greece’s population are of Ottoman Turkish descent. Therefore, the fact remains that unlike the Balkans and Cyprus, the majority of Ottoman Turkish descendants managed to survive in North Africa, probably due to assimilation and common ground through religion... The problem really is that not much research has been done about the Turks of North Africa... they have not been subjected to forced migration and discrimination which occurred in Christian countries which wanted to get rid of their Turkish minorities once they were liberated from the Ottoman Empire.
 
Mar 2013
5
London
Basically, what I’ve tried to illustrate above is that large Turkish communities still exist in the Balkans, Cyprus, and the Levant even though millions of Turks migrated to Turkey as muhacirs (refugees) due to wars and discrimination... Algerian Turks and Tunisian Turks were not forced to leave after the Ottoman Empire left; therefore, it would be logical to argue that the Turkish minorities in Algeria and Tunisia would be larger than say the Turkish Cypriot community...
 
Mar 2012
550
Istanbul
turkish construction companies are doing business with these "old ottoman lands" specially in libya, that could be a reason
 
Mar 2013
5
London
But these Turkish minorities in Algeria and Tunisia are hundreds of years old... It has nothing to do with Turkish construction companies.
 
Mar 2012
550
Istanbul
true, i just wanted to give another small reason. i wish turkish descendents could survive in balkans too like north africa. shame on nationalism
 
Mar 2013
5
London
What's so ironic is that even though the Balkan Turks have suffered so much it has made them more visible to the outside world. Turks in North Africa have almost been forgotten. Most of them don't speak the Turkish language anymore and they are not officially recognised as a minority. I know quite a few Algerian Turks that live in Paris and London who say that the Turkish soap operas have kind of helped the minority... people are apparently having the confidence to say that they are proud to be of Turkish origin, this was not the case 10 years ago.
 
Mar 2012
550
Istanbul
of course french goverment always hated turks, its not even legal to ignore armenian genocide in this "western" country