Reform in Turkish Asylum Law: adopting the EU acquis?
Title: Reform in Turkish Asylum Law: adopting the EU acquis?
Author: KAYA, Ibrahim
Series/Number: [Migration Policy Centre]; [CARIM-South]; CARIM Research Report; 2009/16
External link: http://www.carim.org/
(En)Turkey has been a country of asylum since Ottoman times. Due to recent economic and political turmoil in its near abroad and beyond, the country now receives thousands of asylum applications each year. And, as witnessed in the last years, there is the potential for a massive influx of refugees to Turkey. Turkey has long lacked a functioning asylum system and corresponding legislation. Although the 1951 Refugee Convention and its Protocol were ratified, with a limitation related to their geographical application, the country adopted a Regulation only in 1994 after facing a massive refugee influx from Iraq. Further there is still no asylum law in force. As an EU member candidate, Turkey is expected to adapt its asylum system to those of the EU, undertaking, at the same time, to take up the acquis in this field. This paper examines what has been done by Turkey and what else is needed.
Euro-Mediterranean Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration (CARIM)
Type of Access: openAccess