As a consequence of the policies implemented by Greece, the Turkish minority is underdeveloped and disadvantaged in every respect.

As a result of the oppressive policies of the Greek state since the 1970’s, the Turkish minority of Western Thrace has been suffering seriously in the fields of development, infrastructure, local governments, education and culture. Financial aids from the EU-funds for families living from agriculture and stock farming bear temporary and insufficient solutions. Despite these financial aids, annual average income of a family of five persons is less than 10,000 €.

Today, about 90% of the rural Turkish population live from agriculture, mostly from tobacco production. It is still unclear how they are supposed to ensure their living expenses when the EU fully cuts tobacco growing subsidies in 2014.

Furthermore, at residential areas, where the Turkish minority is densely populated, there are no cinemas or theatres. There are almost no cultural or artistic events.