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The earliest known human activity on the island dates to around the 10th millennium BC. Archaeological remains from this period include the well-preserved Neolithic village of Khirokitiaand Cyprus is home to some of the oldest water wells in the world. As a strategic location in the Middle Eastit was subsequently occupied by several major powersincluding the empires of the AssyriansEgyptians and Persiansfrom whom the island was seized in BC by Alexander the Great. Subsequent rule by Ptolemaic Egyptthe Classical turkish cypriot dating london Eastern Roman EmpireArab caliphates for a short period, the French Lusignan dynasty and the Venetianswas followed by over three centuries of Ottoman rule between and de jure until Cyprus was placed under the UK's administration based on the Cyprus Convention in and was formally annexed by Britain in Turkish leaders for a period advocated the annexation of Cyprus to Turkey as Cyprus was considered an "extension of Anatolia" by them; while, since the 19th century,   the majority Greek Cypriot population and its Orthodox church had been pursuing union with Greece, which became a Greek national policy in the s. This action precipitated the Turkish invasion of Cyprus on 20 July,  which led to the capture of the present-day territory of Northern Cyprus in the following month, after a ceasefire collapsed, and the displacement of overGreek Cypriots   and 50, Turkish Cypriots.
However, the term may also refer to British-born persons who have Turkish parents or who have a Turkish ancestral background. Turks first began to emigrate in large numbers from the island of Cyprus for work and then again when Turkish Cypriots were forced to leave their homes during the Cyprus conflict. Turks then began to come from Turkey for economic reasons. Recently, smaller groups of Turks have begun to immigrate to the United Kingdom from other European countries. As of , there is a total of about , people of Turkish origin in the UK,  made up of approximately , Turkish nationals and about , Turkish Cypriots.
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