Living an uncertain life on the margins of Ankara

Subaşı, Işın
This thesis aims to analyze how poor Syrian refugees navigate their lives concerning the structural violence of neoliberal economic policies and temporary protection status which set the stage for further exploitation, securitization and precarization for Syrian refugees in Turkey. Although the studies associated with refugees have been mostly dominated by the humanitarian, criminalizing and tolerating narratives and have had a strong tendency to portray Syrian refugees' experience as a reproducing cycle of exclusion, this thesis suggests that refugees are not only passive objects of temporary protection regime and neoliberal policies but also relatively active agents of their own life, particularly in creating their own tactics to evade state control, social hostility and the effects of the temporary legal status. In this context, this thesis focuses on Syrian refugees' subjective experiences on the basis of everyday life and the way they respond to these experiences by creating their own tactics.


The Role of contact in locals` attitudes towards refugees in Turkey
Kahya, Gülin.; Öner Özkan, Bengi; Department of Psychology (2019)
The present study aims to give an understanding on citizens` attitudes towards refugees in Turkey. Specifically, the main purpose is to explain the role of contact in positive and negative attitudes towards refugees. Attitudes Towards Refugees Scale (ATRS) which is a 5-point Likert-Type scale and consisting of two subscales was developed for the current study. The data for current study were collected from locals in several cities where refugees live intensely and interact with locals. 377 participants who ...
The role of education on integration policies : a comparıson of Sweden, Germany and Turkey after the Syrian refugee crisis
Erşekerci, Nesibe Burcu; Tür Küçükkaya, Özlem; Department of Middle East Studies (2020)
This study aims to produce a comparative research on integration policies of Sweden, Germany, and Turkey that host remarkable number of Syrians after the crisis in Syria which is considered as the biggest humanitarian and refugee crisis of our time. This study mainly examines main integration areas and tools used by Sweden, Germany and Turkey to deal with unexpected number of Syrian refugees This study argues that after the Syrian crisis, despite the three countries’ distinct characteristics, and their diff...
The Relationship between the national identification and attitude towards syrian refugees in the context of Turkey: the role of social contact and locus of control factors
Antmen, Deniz; Özkan, Türker; Department of Psychology (2019)
This thesis examines the relationship between national identification of citizens and citizen’s attitude towards Syrian refugees in Turkey. The Social Identity Theory and Integrated Threat Theory were used as a theoretical background for the stated examination. In addition, the role of the concepts of social contact and of locus of control in the relationship between identification and attitude was investigated. Research data was gathered from 552 individuals from 46 cities in Turkey through a survey packag...
Adjustment experiences of Syrian refugees in Turkey: findings from a community-based participatory research
Altunay Yılmaz, Hilal; Erdur Baker, Özgür; Department of Educational Sciences (2018)
The present study aimed to understand the resettlement experiences of Syrian refugees, who are resettled in Ankara, Turkey, with respect to their strengths and assets. This study conducted under the framework of a community-based participatory research approach (CBPR). Seven adult Syrians (4 females, 3 males) with a mean age of 24.14 (SD=4.33) were reached with the help of community partners and attended in semi-structured interviews. The content analysis of the interviews was completed through a qualitativ...
Humanitarian assistance policies of the European Union towards Syrian refugees in Turkey
Çeliker, Cansu; Kale Lack, Başak; Department of Political Science and Public Administration (2018)
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 domin...
Citation Formats
I. Subaşı, “Living an uncertain life on the margins of Ankara,” Thesis (M.S.) -- Graduate School of Social Sciences. Political Science and Public Administration., Middle East Technical University, 2019.