Academic journal article Migration Letters

Politics and Law in Turkish Migration

Academic journal article Migration Letters

Politics and Law in Turkish Migration

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Sirkeci, I., Elcin, D., Seker, G. (ed.) (2015) Politics and Law in Turkish Migration. London, UK: Transnational Press London, 190p. (ISBN: 978-1-910781-00-5)

The book - consisting of 11 articles - collects essays on legal regulation and migration policy making strategies with particular emphasis on Turkey and the EU. This book comes at a timely moment as Turkish politics and public discourses revolve around the nexus of humanity, as well as a diaspora empowerment, domestic community cohesion and sovereignty within Turkish Republic.

While the book is particularly pertinent for grasp of new calls that have emerged in the past years in the Near East region, it also contributes to the understanding of a migrant's protection mechanism, non- refoulement principle and their impact on humanitarian mainstream in modern migration Turkish policy. Quite interesting and informative essays by Deniz Eroglu (p. 25-39) and by Doga Elcin (p.39-51), are comparing Turkish national law and international law towards Syrians. For a long time the refugee protection and asylum rights are extended under Turkish national law only to Europeans, making Syrians temporary "visitors" on the territory of Turkey. The incorporation of non -refoulement principle into 2014 Law on Foreigner and International Protection (p. 40) was a right shift in policy to encompass longer-term solutions that was needed.

The essays written by Floris Vermeulen and Ayten Dogan, Emily Joy Rothchild, Mine Karakus tell readers how do Turkish migrants respond to this rather hostile political and legal environment in Germany, spatializing their existence within certain social and ethnic urban enclaves such as Berlin and Elamburg. Two other authors - Nils Witte with "Can Turks be Germans? (p. 105-119 ) and Necdet Coskun Aldemir with "The Second Generation's Discovery of Transnational Politics via Social Media" (p.l 19-137), search for an answer on questions how do Turks in Germany navigate and negotiate the various "internal" borders within Germany? How do they resist, reproduce, or redefine these boundaries in their daily practices?

The book also raises topics for discussion on Turkish diaspora and its impact inside and outside country. Mapping migrants experiences in Germany, Selcen Oner shows the invention of a new mechanism of power which had very specific procedures, completely different instruments and a new equipment, i. …

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