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Bridging borders from Asia to Europe: a case study on Uyghur and Hazara migration to Turkey

Vander Velde, Madeline Andrea
In the last five years, Turkey has hosted the most refugees in the world. Although very different in regard to the journeys they take as asylum seekers, Uyghurs and Hazaras make up two of these refugee communities that end their passage in Turkey. By first exploring related critical political moments and ethno-cultural identity, this thesis intends to identify the beginnings of persecution and connect them to more recent developments. The objective is to examine how the refugee path to protection of these two Central Asian groups differ or are similar. Therefore, this research also highlights critical pieces of international legislative mechanisms and national Turkish legal remedies which play a critical role in flight from persecution, arrival in Turkey and beyond.