Turkish guest workers have played an important role in the economic rebuilding of the Dutch nation which began in the 1960s. They moved to the Netherlands in droves to do the work that most Dutch people didn't want to do. During the first few years of the programme many lived here in a residential area dotted with white wooden houses where an abstract monument to Kemal Atatürk (Father of Turks), founder of modern day Turkey and first president of the Turkish Republic, was erected in 1978. A copper plaque is inscribed with the following text in Dutch and Turkish: 'Peace at home, peace in the world.'
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