Turkey’s New Law on Foreigners and International Protection: An Introduction Meral Açıkgöz and Hakkı Onur Ariner


The Law on Foreigners and International Protection (LFIP) numbered 6458 and adopted by the Turkish parliament on 4 April 2013 is the first of its kind in Turkey. It is remarkable not only in terms of the way in which it was prepared but also in terms of the provisions it entails for a whole range of categories of migrants and the institutional structure envisaged to implement the law. This paper looks into some of the most important changes inaugurated in the field of migration management by the LFIP and the reasons for these changes. It is based on the authors’ first-hand experience from working with the institution responsible for drafting the new law, namely the Ministry of Interior’s Asylum and Migration Bureau, throughout the drafting and ratification process.


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