The Greek Orthodox minority in Turkey • Name


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oncentration on the given territory

Orthodox-Greek community geographically concentrates in Istanbul and generally in two Aegean islands such as Tenedos and Imbros (Bozcaada and Gökçeada). Orthodoxies also live in Antakya. These people religiously belong to Patriarchy of Constantinople or Antioch. In spite of their categorization, the orthodox Greeks are Arabic-speaking.

Legal status

The Orthodox-Greek today are those who were exempted from the compulsory exchange of populations between Turkey and Greece carried out between 1923 and 1930. They have Turkish citizenship and minority status having positive rights, protected by the Treaty of Lausanne. This Treaty was signed on 24 July 1923 between the Allies and Turkey. The treaty includes articles, 37-45, on the protection of minorities in Turkey. Although the treaty appeals as "non-Muslim minorities," which is a bit vague, the Greeks of Turkey had been one of the three communities (the others being of Armenians and Jews) to whom the Turkish state recognized minority rights. However some minority rights are not put in practice or the application depends on the context.




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