The role of geographical limitation with respect to asylum and refugee policies within the context of Turkey̕s EU harmonization process

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Turkey has been among a limited number of states that signed the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and adopted the geographical limitation; furthermore, among a very few number of states that still maintains this limitation. The aim of this thesis is to analyze the significance of geographical limitation and what has brought the changes to Turkish asylum policies in respect of this reservation. Turkey is expected to abolish the geographical limitation during the European Union harmonization process. In this thesis furthermore, the role of the European Union within this process will be put forward.


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Citation Formats
E. A. Tarımcı, “The role of geographical limitation with respect to asylum and refugee policies within the context of Turkey̕s EU harmonization process,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2005.