The Politics of immigration policy making in Turkey between 2002-2015

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2015
Devlet Karapınar, Yelda
Turkey is positioned at a significant spot within the international migration regimes; as very often called in the literature as “on the crossroads” between Asia, Africa and Europe. This connectivity to numerous emigration and immigration countries makes Turkey highly vulnerable to changing trends of international migration and requires Turkey to streamline its migration policy responses accordingly. Given Turkey’s evolving position as a regional power as well as an international actor, this study aims to address the major trends and reorientations in the contemporary Turkish immigration policy making and its relation to Turkish foreign policy as well as its soft power. There is a considerable amount of literature written on different forms of migration affecting Turkey generally and on post-Cold War period particularly. The originality of this study is that it aims to unpack the politics of immigration policy making in Turkey via putting the spotlight particularly on 2000s. Furthermore, the attempt to uncover the interrelations between immigration policy making and Turkish foreign policy and to identify major trends and reorientations in immigration policy making aims to contribute to the originality of the study. Unpacking the politics of Turkish immigration policy making that has v gradually been debated and become more visible within the scope of two main contemporary drivers namely; the EU accession process and the Syria Crisis have also complemented the overall objective of this study. Moreover, the study also employs a particular lens in an attempt to understand multi-policy level structuration of Turkish immigration policy via identifying patterns for contemporary trends