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Welcome to the website of the Federation of European Kazakh Associations!

Today, a substantial number of Kazakh people have been living in various countries in Europe such as Germany, France, Sweden, Austria, Britain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

These Kazakhs living in Europe can generally be grouped into two: The first group which represents the majority is composed of the Kazakhs of Eastern Turkistan who rebelled against the Chinese oppression in 1930s and 1950s but lost their struggle for freedom and as a result had to flee their motherland and had found refuge firstly in India and Pakistan and from there had migrated to Turkey as refugees. From 1960s onwards these Kazakhs and their children had migrated to the abovementioned European countries to work and live. The second group who is less in numbers were originated from Kazakhstan who also had to leave their native country because of the collectivisation (Sovietization) policies forced in Kazakhstan in 1920s and initially moved to Iran and Afghanistan. From there they travelled via Turkey and migrated to Europe in 1980s.

They began to live in these European countries but soon after they felt a strong need to preserve their social and cultural values and to strengthen their social solidarity and as a result the Kazakhs began to unite under the roofs of cultural organisations. The first Kazakh associations were established in the early 1980s in Germany, this was followed by the establishment of other Kazakh associations in other European countries. Thus, with the increasing number of these associations in Europe, their executive boards decided to increase solidarity and coordination amongst them. Hence they launched their efforts to unite under an umbrella organisation by setting up a Committee for the Coordination among the Kazakh Associations in Europe.

On 10th May 2008 the representatives of the 10 Kazakh associations in Europe met in Oslo, Norway and unanimously elected Dr. A. Kayyum Kesici as the Chairman of the Coordination Committee for the Kazakh Associations in Europe with a mandate to accelerate the work towards the establishment of an official umbrella organization called the Federation of European Kazakh Associations. The working group, chaired by Dr. A. Kayyum Kesici has begun the work to officially form the Federation of European Kazakh Associations (FEKA).

In this context, their first meeting was held on 19th July 2008 in Germany, Munich. At this meeting the first draft of the Constitution of the FEKA was discussed in accordance with the relevant regulations of the countries of the member associations. The chairmen and representatives of the associations have expressed their opinions on the draft and made suggestions on possible changes to specific paragraphs. It was decided to hold a second meeting in the autumn of that year in another European country to adopt the final charter after making modifications to the draft in the light of these proposals. Thus, the second meeting was held between 17th and 19th October 2008 in Västerås, Sweden. At this meeting, again some changes were made to the the second version of the Constitution. So the final draft of the Constitution of the FEKA was unanimously accepted by the representatives of the 10 associations in Västerås meeting. It was also decided that the final establishment meeting of the FEKA would take place during the annual congress of Kazakhs living in Europe (Qurultai) to be held from 29th to 31st May 2009 in London.

Following this decision, the official establishment meeting of the FEKA took place on 29th May 2009 in London. The representatives of Kazakh associations in Europe have agreed to establish the Federation of European Kazakh Associations and approved the proposed Constitution of the Federation unanimously. Subsequently, members for the bodies of the FEKA were elected. First, Dr. A. Kayyum Kesici was elected as the chairman and then 8 other members of the Executive Board and 3 members of the Supervisory Board of the FEKA were elected.

As the legal procedures that were required for the formation of the FEKA had been completed in London, an application to include the FEKA to the register of associations was submitted to the Munich District Court. On 1st July 2009, the Federation of European Kazakh Associations was accepted and was entered into the register of associations by the same court. Consequently, the efforts of the 10 Kazakh associations in Europe to unite under one umbrella organization have come to a successful end with the official foundation of the Federation of European Kazakh Associations.

The Federation of European Kazakh Associations consists of the following founding member and the member associations:

  • Kazakh Cultural Centre Cologne (Germany)
  • Berlin Kazakh Community (Germany)
  • Society for Kazakh Culture and Interethnic Understanding, Munich (Germany)
  • Kazakh Cultural Association (Denmark)
  • Norway Kazakh Cultural Association (Norway)
  • Austria Kazakh Cultural Association (Austria)
  • Foundation of the Kazakhs in the Netherlands (the Netherlands)
  • United Kingdom Kazakh Association (United Kingdom)
  • Kazakh Cultural Association (Sweden)
  • Kazakh-French-Turkish Cultural and Solidarity Organization (France)
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