Turkeys Multifarious Attitude towards Migration and its Migrants
Title: Turkeys Multifarious Attitude towards Migration and its Migrants
Author: BILGILI, Özge
Series/Number: Migration Policy Centre Research Report; 2012/02; Series Summer School 2011 - Best Participant Essay
External link: http://www.migrationpolicycentre.eu/
Turkey is not only a country of emigration, but also of immigration and return migration. It is a country, too, with a significant part of its population living abroad. In this paper, I take into account these various international migration patterns to provide an in-depth historical analysis of the Turkish State’s attitude towards migration and its immigrants, citizens residing abroad or returning to the country. The analysis is based on a detailed literature review, a summary of the most recent policies introduced regarding migration and in-depth interviews conducted with policy makers, government officials and academics. The analysis shows that Turkey’s socio-economic development, its economic and political expectations from migration, and contextual factors have significantly influenced its changing attitude towards migration. In conclusion, the paper draws attention to the importance of considering these factors and different migration patterns together for a more comprehensive understanding of a country’s perspective on international migration.
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