Turkey’s refugees, Syrians and refugees from Turkey: a country of insecurity


  • Ibrahim Sirkeci Regent's Centre for Transnational Studies (RCTS), Regent's University London




Syrians, international migration, refugees, Turkey, Turkish refugees, asylum seekers, Europe


The European Union has faced one of its biggest crises with the rise of population inflows through its Eastern and Southern neighbours as well as movements within the Union. In 2016, the main debate that dominated Europe was on restricting migration within and into the EU along with concerns and objections to the refugee quota systems and the sharing of the burden among member states. Turkey emerged as a ‘gate keeper’ in this crisis and has since been at the centre of debates because of the large Syrian refugee population in the country and billions of Euros it was promised to prevent refugees travelling to Europe. The Syrian crisis produced over 4.8 million refugees with over 2.8 million were based in Turkey by the end of 2016. Turkey with its generous support for Syrian refugees has been confirmed as a ‘country of security’. This shadows the darker side of affairs as the very same country has also produced millions of asylum seekers since the 1980 military coup. Current circumstances and fresh evidence indicate that there will be more European Union bound refugees coming through and from Turkey. 


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Author Biography

Ibrahim Sirkeci, Regent's Centre for Transnational Studies (RCTS), Regent's University London

Prof Ibrahim Sirkeci is Professor of Transnational Studies and Marketing as well as directing the Regent's Centre for Transnational Studies at Regent's University London, UK . He has widely published on migration, ethnicity, conflict, labour markets, and remittances. He is the author of many books and articles. He has conducted research on minorities and migration in Turkey, Iraq, Germany, and the UK. His recent books are Migration and Remittances during the Global Financial Crisis and Beyond (The World Bank, 2012, with J. Cohen and D. Ratha) and Cultures of Migration, the Global Nature of Contemporary Mobility (University of Texas Press, 2012, with J. Cohen). He is also author of The Environment of Insecurity in Turkey and the Emigration of Turkish Kurds to Germany (Edwin Mellen Press, 2006). Prof Sirkeci is the Editor of Migration Letters journal, Remittances Review, Transnational Marketing Journal, Kurdish Studies, Border Crossing and Goc Dergisi.





How to Cite

Sirkeci, I. (2017). Turkey’s refugees, Syrians and refugees from Turkey: a country of insecurity. Migration Letters, 14(1), 127–144. https://doi.org/10.59670/ml.v14i1.321

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