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37 – Turkey


Region Middle East
Leader President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Population 80 418 000
Christian 0.2%
Main Religion Islam
Government Republican Parliamentary Democracy
Rank 37
Score 57
Previous Rank 45
Previous Score 55

There are three big trends in Turkey at the moment: the presence of radical Islam, the ethnic conflict, and the changing political scene. Each of these trends are linked and affect the Church in Turkey. Persecution in Turkey is shaped by Islamic Oppression. Persecution pressure is strongest in the private, national and church spheres. Pressure on Believers from a Muslim Background is especially acute in the private sphere and is mainly exerted by the social environment. The overall pressure is fired by Turkish nationalism and a regime that aims to Islamise the country.

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