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Frontex's cooperation with Turkey: beyond technicality

Cangönül, Mer
This thesis examines the effects of Frontex’s cooperation with Turkey in the context of EUTurkey relations. In line with the EU’s externalization strategy, Frontex conducts several activities to improve Turkey’s border management capacity in the 2010s so that Turkey be able to restrict the migratory flows toward the EU. In this frame, the agency has conducted several activities to promote the utilization of risk analysis, data collection methods, exchange data among units and train border guards in Turkey’s border management. The thesis discusses the effects of Frontex on Turkey’s border policing through focusing on these practices. More specifically, it is argued that Frontex has promoted utilization of the elements of risk logic to the Turkish border authorities from the 2010s onwards. In this context, the thesis elaborates related technical arrangements and argues that the effects of this cooperation move beyond technicality and contains certain power effects. Thus, based on certain indicators from Turkish border units, this thesis aims to contribute the literature on Frontex’s effects on third countries.