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Uzbek, Southern

Turkic language native to Afghanistan, spoken by between 3,000 and 4,000 in Turkey. It is spoken by a total of 1.8 million, almost all in Afghanistan.
The community in Turkey have arrived there as refugees and form tiny communities in three provinces: Hatay, Gaziantep and Urfa.
There is little factual information on assimilation. They represent a candidate for such, with communities that small, their native language is only used in private. In public they need good conduct of Turkish, which also is the language of the media.

By Tore Kjeilen