The Paradoxes of European Union Immigration Policy and its Repercussions on Turkish-EU Relations

Arslan, Mehmet İnanç
In thesis, the way wended by European Union immigration policy is addressed under the light of historical background. Essentially, the arguments regarding immigration and free movement aroused and gained momentum in EU in 1980s. During 1990s, the justice and home affairs subjects obtained a central point among EU policies abruptly. However, despite all the efforts since then, it is still early to say that there emerges a uniform European immigration policy. In fact, it is quite hard to reach such a common policy, due to the unique structural requirements, different priorities and expectations of the Member States. It is examined in dissertation then why the Member States’ policymakers still insist on a common EU immigration policy in spite of this. The researcher asserts that some aspects of the common EU immigration policy serve as a new migration control mechanism in order to be able to take additional measures limiting third country nationals’ access to the rights of EU citizens by transferring restrictive national approaches and legislation into a supranational venue. It is also scrutinized in thesis in what ways Turkish citizens composing considerable population within Community borders and Turkey as a candidate state conducting negotiations on the membership process are affected from these efforts for a common EU immigration policy. It is examined whether this process generate any new breaking point in Turkish-EU relations or not.


A Multi-level and multi-sited analysis of the European Union’s immigration and asylum policy concerning irregular migration and its implications for Turkey : Edirne and İzmir as two major gateway cities
Gökalp Aras, Ela Nefise; Rittersberger Tılıç, Helga İda; Department of Sociology (2013)
In order to control migration movements and its external borders, the European Union (EU) has been implementing different policies and policy instruments. In particular, concerning irregular migration, delocalization is used for controlling and supported by securitization and economisation discourse. Within this framework, the EU uses the external dimension of its immigrant and asylum policy as a mode of governance and adopts different policy instruments and tailor-made measures for each country for operati...
The challenge of becoming an immigration country : the case of Germany in the light of the new legal draft on immigration
Yüce, Yasemin; Okyayuz, Mehmet; Department of Political Science and Public Administration (2003)
This study is looking for an answer to the question أIs Germany an immigration country?ؤ that has been re-put on the agenda with the new immigration law. At the same time, different dimensions of the immigration country concept have been explained so that the evolution of the characterstics of immigration and Germany̕s immigration history can be investigated in order to explain this question. The main argument of this study is that Germany has become a de facto immigration country by time and now with the n...
Analysis of the EU-Turkey Statement within the scope of externalization of migration policy of the EU
Fal, Bengüsu; Kale Lack, Başak; Department of International Relations (2021-9)
This thesis analyzes the EU-Turkey Statement in relation to the externalization of migration policy of the EU. The main aim of this study is to evaluate the tools of externalization of migration policy of the EU within the EU-Turkey Statement announced on 18th March 2016. One of the main reasons for the existence of the Statement is the externalization of migration policy of the EU. In this context, this thesis first explains the formation of the externalization of migration policy of the EU and its tools. ...
Assessment of the European Union’s normative power within the context of its migration policy
Zengin, Ceren; Torun, Zerrin; Department of European Studies (2017)
This thesis tries to assess the normative power of the European Union within the context of its migration policy. In line with this objective, the thesis first examines the concept of normative power Europe, the possible criteria to assess the credibility of the normative power Europe claim and the major criticisms raised against the concept. Then, the thesis continues with the discussions on the motivations of the EU member states in developing common migration policy at the EU level, the securitization of...
Entrepreneurial practices of Turkish immigrants in Berlin
Ülker, Rıza Barış; Yeğenoğlu, Meyda; Department of Sociology (2004)
The aim of this thesis is to demonstrate how immigrants from Turkey try to create flexible identities through their entrepreneurial practices in order to achieve social mobility within the regimes of state, market and social networks in Berlin. To put it differently, the aim of the study is to indicate how immigrant entrepreneurs try to develop strategies and maneuvers vis-à-vis the regulatory mechanisms like immigrant and citizenship laws, high degree of labor market rules, class based corporatist policies...
Citation Formats
M. İ. Arslan, “The Paradoxes of European Union Immigration Policy and its Repercussions on Turkish-EU Relations,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2012.