I think congratulations to the people in the Turkish Mediterranean city of Antalya.
I can probably guess that these people are quite happy to live among such people Russian ladies.
Turkish-Russian marriages make generation »melez« new
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Approximately 10,800 Russian women that live in the Turkish Mediterranean city of Antalya are married to Turkish men, and most of these brides of university graduates, professionals and entrepreneurs. Their children are the new generation of 4000 the Russian-Turkish "melez", or mixed, kids - many of whom enroll in primary school this year
ANTALYA - Hürriyet
Upon arrival in Antalya it is difficult not to notice the number of Russians. In addition to two and a half million Russian tourists who usually keep themselves in holiday resorts, about 15 thousand Russian, 80 percent of them women, who live, work and mingling with the locals here. Their blonde, thin, tall children are easy to spot in traffic, parks, bike paths and markets. Representatives of this new generation, in Antalya, nearly all children in this large and diverse group speak both Russian and Turkish.
According to official data, 13,000 Russians live in Antalya, but the actual number is likely closer to 15,000. There are 310 active companies in Russia in the city, and Russian are managers or partners in 225 firms. The number of Russians who own real estate in the area of close to 800.
Russian women who settle in Antalya, usually young university graduates and entrepreneurs. Unlike many views in Turkey, these women are not hopeless unqualified immigrants had no choice but to move to attract women Turkey.The climate, natural sites and easy travel from Russia. By Mircalol Husanov, Consul General of Russia in Antalya, Russians are qualified, educated people who contribute to the social and cultural life of the city.
None of the Russian regions
Russians who settle in Turkey are different from British and German residents. They do not live together in blocks or sites, and there is no Russian neighborhood in Antalya. Russian to communicate with the locals and try to speak Turkish with almost everyone. They want to learn Turkish to run their business efficiently.
Intermarriage is very important. Russian in Antalya mostly women married to Turkish men. According to foreigners, Culture and Solidarity Association, or FCSA, in Antalya, there are doctors, engineers and economists, among them, but the majority of Russian citizens to work in the service sector and tourism.
The first generation of mixed children of heads to school
Families want their children to receive education, which operates in both countries. FCSA offers language courses for Turkish-Russian children, and has a private school founded by Russian President Bikkenev. Diplomas from the school Bikkenev not, however, are valid in Russia, according to Husanov. Right now, there is a preparatory class in grade school department Levent Aydın Anatolian High School and the preschool class in a school governor Hüsnü Tuğlu Elementary. In the next school year, the Russian teachers will teach 40 children in first, second and third grade classes.
The Consulate is planning to open a primary school in Antalya in the future and bring in teachers from Moscow.
The priests from Russia come to be baptized
Russian living in Antalya, there is no church. Husanov said: "We know that this is a sensitive issue. We want to buy a lot in Antalya and build a decent church. I hope that local residents would not be worried about it." At the present time, the Easter holidays and the like found in homes. For the baptism of children, the priest comes twice a year from the Russian Orthodox Church in Istanbul and the ceremony takes place in homes.
Russian women are looked down on in Antalya in the past
Okay, Irina, an economist from St. Petersburg. She met Necat well in Antalya, fell in love and married in 2001. She was happy to settle in Antalya and was one of the first Russian woman to marry a Turk and live in the city. A study of Turkish newspapers and television, Irina based FCSA in 2006.
"If my husband did not help me, our marriage would have ended. We, the Russian, who arrived a decade ago were unfortunate in many respects. People looked at us. We had to explain that we are different, well-educated and sophisticated women. Over time, Turkish families changed their minds and now they are like us. "
Irene's husband, Necat, tourism is an agent. He describes himself as a typical Turkish man. "I'm pro-Western," he said, "but no matter what I do, I'm Turkish. I can not change their particular way of thinking." Necat said, because Russians are free sprits they have difficulty overcoming a difficult period. "Some of our traditions do not speak with them."
Russian women, however, differ from Western ones. Because of the severe conditions of Russian-speaking countries have experienced in recent years, said Necat, if a Russian woman happily married she is trying to save it.
Arina Yilmaz, 36, from Siberia, has a degree in quality control, and living in Antalya for seven years. Her husband is an exporter of Ethem. The couple met in Russia. Arina came to Turkey three months after Mr. Yılmaz returned to Turkey. They have a son four and a half year old son Timur. "I can say that I'm happy, and we tolerate each other's choices."
Elena Durmus, 35, studied economics at Moscow State University. Her husband is a contractor. Their son, Armagan is seven and a half years. Their biggest worry is his education. "There should be several language schools in Antalya. Why only English taught here?"
Natalia Çelik was a hairdresser in Moscow. She arrived in Antalya, 11 years ago as a tourist and met her husband Hasan. They had been married for three and a half years and have two children, Timour Pasha, 8, and Asya, 2. Natalia Moscow skips a lot, and visits once a year.
Jeanne converted to Islam
Dr. Yann Doğancı of Moscow married Ata, who manages the Hotel Savoy in Antalya. Jeanne works in the hotel's beauty salon. They met in 1996, while Joan was on vacation in Antalya. Joan will soon become a Turkish citizen. She converted to Islam after reading Quran in Russian. "After we met we've been waiting awhile to get married. At the same time we tried to figure out how to overcome the difficulties that we face as a couple."
"Are we going to visit Grandma?
Nadia and Adil Kürşat Ayhan run hotel in Antalya Lida. Their son, Denise 3 years. They have been married for six years. Nadia from the city of Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. They visit her mother in Siberia after the tourist season ends, Nadia's parents visit Antalya during the summer. Nadia asks her son, "Are we going to visit" Grandma? "He replied:" Yes! "
She said: "I did not even Turks." My husband jumped up, "If it is, we would not be happy." The question: "Are you in love?" Nadia responses to laughter: "Like a dog!" Nadia knocks on wood, more generally, what should be done in both Russian and Turkish traditions to avoid spoiling a good situation. "When I came here I did not even consider marriage a Turk. But we were so in love, and it was impossible to let it go."
FCSA has 100 members. They help the Russian marriage process, or to find a house in Antalya. The Association represents the Russian and Turkish culture. (Telephone: (0242) 324 5235 - firstname.lastname@example.org).
(You can read the original article here)
Now I know that this is a resort town and that Turkey is generally a very popular tourist destinations for Russians.
One gets the impression that Turkey has made a very smart thing and does not interfere with the movements of these ladies with any restrictive visa regimes, and that enabled this positive development to occur.
Would not it be great if other western countries like USA, Canada, UK or Australia had the same attitude?
We can only wish.
But at the same time places such as Antalya may be another pretty good place to relax in the den during this time of year.