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CHILD PERSPECTIVE OF THE IMMIGRATION PROBLEM IN GÜLTEN DAYIOĞLU’S YURDUMU ÖZLEDİM / GÜLTEN DAYIOĞLU’NUN YURDUMU ÖZLEDİM ROMANINDA DIS GÖÇ SORUNUNUN ÇOCUK BOYUTU

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Author(s): Dr. Emine KOLAÇ

Journal: Journal of Turkish Studies
ISSN 1308-2140

Volume: 3;
Issue: 7;
Start page: 457;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Emigration | children | problems

ABSTRACT
The “Foreign Workforce Aquisition Agreement”signed with the FR of Germany in 1961 unleashed a waveof emigration from Turkey to FR of Gemany and carried ahost of related issues into our country’s agenda. Turkishcontemporary writers as part of the society could notremain indifferent and have analyzed these issues fromdifferent perspectives in their works. One of thesecontemporary authors is Gulten Dayioglu. She focuses onemigration issues in her works with its dimensions of“the ones who leave”, “the remaining ones” and “the oneswho return” and she has a distinguished place in ourliterature with her works filled with striking examplesconcerning emigration. She examines the emigrationissues in her works “The remaining ones and the oneswho return” from the perspectives of living quarters,education, divided families, youth-childhood, workingconditions, disparagement, and homesickness.In her novel titled “Yurdumu Özledim” GultenDayioglu exposes the children’s perspective of theemigration issue as she attempts to analyze thechildrens’ perspective of emigration problems through hercharacter “Atil” ’s viewpoint. Atil is a child of animmigrant family with serious adaptation difficulties andhe becomes growingly homesick and eventually a schooldrop-out as a result of an environment of racism andexclusion created by his German friends and teachers.In the article “Chıld perspectıve of theımmıgratıon problem in Gülten Dayıoğlu’s YurdumuÖzledim” the author attempts to analyze the history ofTurkish emigration to FR of Germany, and Atil’s journeyin Germany with the problems he faced, his moments ofjoy and sorrow, his aspirations through several strikingquotations and references to the novel.
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