The debate over the state of Turkish children in Europe came to the forefront late last month when Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said that some 4,000 Turkish children in Europe had been taken away from their families and given to Christian families.
Turkish children in Europe are being taken away from their families by child welfare offices over claims of abuse or financial problems, leading to the break-up of many families and the assimilation of children -- who grow up being unfamiliar with their culture and traditions and eventually lose contact with their families -- into European cultures.
Ustun recently claimed that three children of Turkish origin had been given to gay couples in Belgium, which he said is a violation of human rights as those children were forced to grow up in families whose lifestyles and beliefs are incompatible with theirs.
"There are reportedly at least 5,000 Turkish children [in the care of child welfare offices in Europe]," Üstün said, adding that the parliamentary Human Rights Investigation Commission will send delegations to countries with large Turkish populations to investigate such claims and prepare a report on the state of children in those countries.
"The first delegation is set to go abroad [for an investigation] on April 17," Ustun stated.
Late last month, a Turkish girl who was taken away from her mother and given to a German family seven years ago in Germany was reunited with her biological mother in Turkey thanks to efforts by Bozdag.
Elif Yaman was taken from her mother by the German state when she was 12 years old on the grounds that her mother couldn't afford to care for her as she was unemployed. Yaman was then given to a Christian foster family, and her biological mother was later deported to Turkey.