Migration Management in Turkey: Discourse and Practice Türkiye’de Göç Yönetimi: Söylem ve Pratik

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Lüleci-Sula Ç., Sula İ. E.

Uluslararasi Iliskiler, vol.18, no.72, pp.1-17, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 72
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.33458/uidergisi.1000756
  • Title of Journal : Uluslararasi Iliskiler
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-17
  • Keywords: Border In/security, European Union, Immigration, Middle East, Refugee


© 2021, International Relations Council of Turkey. All rights reserved.This article analyzes the discourse and practice of migration management in Turkey. It identifies four major themes in the discourse between 2014 and 2020: Migration as a 1) burden, 2) humanitarian responsibility, 3) justification for transborder operations, and 4) fault line in Turkey-European Union (EU) relations. Then it analyzes migration management practices in three categories: 1) legal challenges, 2) agents and relations of policing, 3) surveillance. Adopting a multimethod approach, the article combines qualitative data collection with interpretive analysis. It concludes that despite the humanitarian emphasis in political discourse, there are embedded in/security practices in the field of migration management in Turkey.