Restricting Turkish marriage migration? National policy, couples’ coping strategies and international obligations

Authors

  • ISIK KULU-GLASGOW Research and Documentation Centre (WODC) of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, The Hague
  • ARJEN LEERKES Sociology Department of Erasmus University Rotterdam and researcher at WODC, The Hague

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v10i3.135

Keywords:

Marriage migration, migration policy, coping strategies, The Netherlands, Turkish migrants

Abstract

Marriage migration has become the most common form of immigration from Turkey to the Netherlands. The Dutch government increasingly pursues restrictive admission policies for the immigration of partners from non-EU countries. This article shows that the tightened income and age restrictions were to some extent successful in limiting Turkish marriage migration. It is also demonstrated, however, that the power of the state to control this migration flow is constrained by two main factors: coping strategies of Turkish couples and international obligations, including the Association Agreement.

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Published

2013-09-05

How to Cite

KULU-GLASGOW, I., & LEERKES, A. (2013). Restricting Turkish marriage migration? National policy, couples’ coping strategies and international obligations. Migration Letters, 10(3), 369–382. https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v10i3.135