There are many historical, social, economic and political reasons which make the Balkans important for Turkey. Approximately 7 million Turkish citizens of the Balkan origin live in the present Turkey. Also, approximately 1,1 million Turkish people and 8,2 million Muslim people including Turks are living in the Balkan countries. Thus, there are intensive relations and live connections between Turkey and related communities living in the Balkan countries.
"International Balkans Congress" under the main theme of "Interaction among the Balkan Nations" was organized by the cooperation of Tekirdağ Governorship, East-West Thrace Municipal Union and TASAM (Turkish-Asian Center for Strategic Studies) in Tekirdağ Namık Kemal University Campus on 24-26 April 2008. Academicians, statesmen, diplomat-ic representatives and many NGOs participated in the Congress.