Over 22 million Kurds in Turkey, new statistic shows

ERBIL, Sep. 20 (AKnews) – New statistics released by Turkey’s statistical institute, TurkStat, shows that about 30 percent of the country’s population is Kurdish.

According to birth records of Kurds in Turkey that was released by TurkStat, there are 22,691,824 Kurds in Turkey who mainly live in the southeast, Rudaw Newspaper, an Erbil-based weekly reported Thursday.

Turkey’s first population census was conducted in 1927 which showed the number of Kurds to be 2,323,359 out of 13,464,564 as the total population of the country.

According to TurkStat reports, the number of Kurds was about 14.733 million in 2012 which included only the number of Kurds living in cities. The census excluded Kurds who lived in villages and moved to cities after about 4,000 villages were destroyed by Turkish authorities on security grounds between 1997 and 2000.

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