Humanitarian assistance policies of the European Union towards Syrian refugees in Turkey

Çeliker, Cansu
This research addresses to the significant gap between rhetoric and practice with regard to the implementation of rights-based humanitarianism in a response to Syrian refugee protection crisis. The research raises the question of why political actors place refugees in an asymmetrical relationship with duty-bearers. In this sense, it draws attention to the complicated three-cornered relationship among securitization policies, liberal economic agenda and needs-based humanitarianism within the borders of dominant governmental rationalities. In an attempt to offer a concrete discussion on the problematic characteristics of international humanitarian regime, the research examines the effectiveness of EU’s humanitarian assistance policies for Syrian urban refugees in Turkey. The main reason why the research chooses the case is that EU’s immigration and asylum policies well illustrate the biopolitical paradigm of modern politics. In this context, the research examines the impact of the EU-Turkey Statement on the possession of paradox of refugee rights in Turkey. It aims to analyze the role of EU funding in meeting the long-term needs of Syrian urban refugees in Turkey.


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Citation Formats
C. Çeliker, “Humanitarian assistance policies of the European Union towards Syrian refugees in Turkey,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2018.