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Turks in Chile

Turks in Chile are citizens of Chile with Turkish ancestry, this could mean roots linking back to Turkey, the island of Cyprus or the communities of the Turkish diaspora.

The first Muslims to immigrate to Chile were 2 "Turks" in 1854. This number was repeated in the censuses of 1865 and 1875. Their country of origin is not known, just that they were natives of some territory of the Ottoman Empire.

According to the 1885 census, the number of "Turks" had risen 29, but there is no precise information on their origin and their faith, since religion was not included in that census. However, the census of 1895 registered the presence of 76 "Turks", 58 of them Muslims. They lived mainly in the north of Chile in Tarapaca, Atacama, Valparaiso, and Santiago. In the census of 1907, the Muslims had risen to 1,498 people, all of them foreigners. They were 1,183 men and 315 women, representing only 0.04 percent of the population. This is the highest percentage of Muslims in Chile's history.

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