7 Billion Humans | Immigration: Kumkapi Immigrant Street | Istanbul, Turkey

Kumkapi Immigrant Street | Istanbul, Turkey

Originally primarily populated by Armenians, this neighborhood is now a mix of Iraqis, Georgians, Armenians, Iranians, Algerians, people from Eastern Turkey, and Sudanese.  This is the area nearby Laleli (Tulip) neighborhood where Russians and Eastern Europeans started selling by “luggage tourism”—exchanging furs and semi precious stones, toys, and hardware for jeans and other items to sell back home. Many immigrants live in this area because the immigration detention center is on the next block and they are waiting for family members or just settling next to where they landed because they don’t intend to be in Turkey for very long.

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