The present study illuminates the perspectives of 142 residents in central Diyarbakır regarding Turkey’s prospective membership in the European Union (EU). The inquiry aims to gauge public opinion on various facets of EU integration, including perceptions of identity, citizenship benefits, and institutional awareness.
Support for EU Membership
No Idea: 4%
Perception of Turkey as a Part of Europe
Willingness to Live in the EU
Awareness of EU Institutions
Participants were asked to identify one institution of the EU. Responses varied significantly, with numerous participants incorrectly identifying non-EU institutions such as NATO, UNICEF, and WHO.
Identification of EU Member Countries
Overall, there was a limited ability among participants to name three countries that are members of the EU.
Anticipated Benefits from EU Citizenship
Economic Prosperity and Employment Opportunities – Most frequent
Human Rights (Democratic Rights, Freedom of Expression)
Freedom and Equality
Social Life (Culture and Development of Tourism)
Travel Rights and Free Movement
The data reveals a generally favorable attitude towards EU membership, with a noteworthy portion of the population uncertain about the benefits of EU citizenship. Additionally, there is a considerable gap in the awareness of EU institutions and member countries among respondents.
Keywords: Diyarbakır, European Union, Turkey, Public Opinion, Empirical StudyThe study results: (PDF) Public Attitudes in Diyarbakır Toward Turkey’s European Union Accession: An Empirical Investigation