Two-fold crisis of integration: field research on non-muslim asylum seekers of Turkey

Başkaya, Gülçe
This thesis aims to answer a dissimilar question of whether there are divergent obstacles that non-Muslim asylum seekers are facing while integrating to Turkish society as a religious minority besides being an asylum seeker. In order to elaborate on that question, a field research conducted with 17 non-Muslim asylum seekers from the Middle East living in Ankara. The field research focuses on finding the root causes and consequences of this two-fold integration crisis by matching the brand-new data with the gaps in the literature. This study follows a deductive reasoning which starts with the incompatibleness of national and international migration legislations and followed by Turkey’s three-pillared integration approach that includes cultural belonging, political interest and religion. This substructure to the integration problems brings us to Turkey’s migration history and how the three-pillared approach occurs historically. Therefore, the third chapter focuses on integration problems of migrants in Turkey by discussing their participation to workforce and accessibility to social services. The fourth and the main chapter gives a glimpse of Turkey’s strained past v with the religious minorities and shows how this past takes place in the experiences of non-Muslim asylum seekers by using the data from the interviews. As a consequence, this thesis is the first in-depth research to show two-fold crisis of integration of nonMuslim asylum seekers of Turkey.
Citation Formats
G. Başkaya, “Two-fold crisis of integration: field research on non-muslim asylum seekers of Turkey,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2021.