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Turkic migration refers to the expansion of the Turkic tribes and Turkic languages into Central Asia, Europe and the Middle East, mainly between the 6th and 11th centuries. The region of origin of the Turkic peoples is Mongolia, southern Siberia, Xinjiang and East Central Asia.

Certainly identified Turkic tribes were known by the 6th century and by the 10th century most of Central Asia was settled by Turkic tribes. The Seljuq dynasty invaded Anatolia starting in the 11th century, ultimately resulting in permanent Turkic settlement there. Meanwhile, other Turkic tribes either ultimately formed independent nations, such as Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan or formed enclaves within other nations, such as Chuvashia. Turkic peoples also survived in their original range, such as the Uyghurs in China and the Sakha Republic of Siberia, as well as in other scattered places of the Far East and Central Asia.

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