Turkish Migration Studies Group (TurkMiS)

The Turkish Migration Studies Group (TurkMiS) at the University of Oxford is a platform for researchers, students and other stakeholders interested in migration issues in, from, and through Turkey and its neighbourhood.

TurkMiS was established in 2010 under the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and aims to facilitate the production and dissemination of scholarly knowledge with the view to informing scholars, policy makers and society.

TurkMiS is convened by Dr. Franck Düvell, Senior Researcher, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, Oxford University.

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The latest international news about Turkish migration

Turkey may woo Greek doctors to fill vacancies
Hurriyet Daily News (English version), 30/7/2014 

The article refers to a demand in Turkey for 20,000 specialist doctors and 10,000 GPs. It is looking to recruit foreign medical personnel with Greek professional among the target group. The idea is not new and was first voiced in October 2013 (see Hurriyet Daily News, Health minister invites Greek doctors to work in Turkey, 28/10/2013). However, making this a reality involves overcoming a number of hurdles. It would require changes to the current Turkish law whilst applicants are requested to pass a basic Turkish language test. Turkey would also be competing with Germany which just struck a similar deal over recruiting medical personnel from Greece. In October 2013, there were only 24 Greek doctors working in Turkey. One might also wonder how this would affect the Greek health system. (FD)

Turkey: Rising concerns and tensions over Syrian refugees
It is reported that there are now an estimated 1,104,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey; 220,000 are hosted in camps, of the remaining 880,000 only 60 percent are registered with the authorities. On the one hand, the social conditions of at least some of the refugees are desperate, 'conditions have been forcing some of the refugees to beg on streets', 'Syrian beggars have become increasingly visible in Istanbul, including women and young children, passports in outstretched hands, tapping on car windows in the city’s dense traffic' and 'a growing number is living in derelict buildings or sleeping in parks'. It is also claimed that 'some business owners have been employing Syrian refugees as a cheap labor force' whilst the government does not issue work permits to these people. On the other hand, it is felt that 'the hospitality of locals is starting to wear thin' (all Hurriyet, 1/8/2014, Turkish deputy PM concerned over growing Syrian refugee population).

Indeed, 'a recent demonstration against Syrians in Kahramanmaraş had gathered over 1,000 people, showing the degree of the tension between the communities'. And in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa 'an angry crowd attacked a building inhabited by Syrians late July 31 after rumors spread that two children had been allegedly beaten by the refugees'. 'Similar tension' is also reported from Gaziantep province (all Hurriyet, 1/8/2014, Crowd attacks homes of Syrian refugees in Şanlıurfa over alleged beating of children). These are worrying signs of problems with the accommodation of such large numbers of refugees not least because many of them are or probably will be unexpectedly staying for several years. Ad hoc policies and laissez faire might be insufficient in this case. Instead, ideally, local administrations and populations as well as the refugees must be educated and prepared for this spontaneous cohabitation whilst the international community too must consider how to contribute to the relief of the tension, e.g. by resettling more Syrian refugees from the crisis region including Turkey. (FD)

Turkish Law on Foreigners and International Protection officially translated into English
Direct link to the English translation (pdf)
Translations into other languages can be found here

More news


Upcoming events

Reports and details about the 10th TurkMiS workshop are available here: The migration transition of Turkey – from an emigration to an immigration country. New realities, new policy challenges


Details of forthcoming events will be available soon.


Previous Events

Latest Publications

TurkMiS Briefing Series

January 2014, Açıkgöz, M. and Ariner H., Turkey’s new law on foreigners and international protection: An introduction

December 2012, Öktem, K., From soft power to soft borders: Crisis management and migration flows in Turkey

Journals and books

Franck Düvell, Judith Koop, Karl Kopp, Alex Stathopoulos, Widersprüchliche Türkei. Neues Einwanderungsland, Transit- oder Pufferstaat für Flüchtlinge, in Pro Asyl/Brot für die Welt/Medico International (eds.), Im Schatten der Zitadelle. Der Einfluss des europäischen Migrationsregimes auf »Drittstaaten«, Karlsruhe: von Loeper, pp. 29-74

Kilberg, Rebecca (2014), Turkey’s Evolving Migration IdentityMigration Information Sourcehttp://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/turkeys-evolving-migration-identity

Baser, Bahar (2014), The Awakening of a Latent Diaspora: The Political Mobilization of First and Second Generation Turkish Migrants in Sweden, Ethnopolitics, 
DOI: 10.1080/17449057.2014.894175

 Baser, Bahar (2013), Diasporas and Imported-Conflicts: The case of Turkish and Kurdish Second Generation in Sweden, Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security 3(2): 105-125.

Baser, Bahar (2013), Diasporada Turk-Kurt Sorunu: Isvec ve Almanya’da Ikinci Kusak [Turkish-Kurdish Question in the Diaspora], Ankara: Iletisim Yayinlari

Kale, Basak (2014), Transforming an Empire: The Ottoman Empire’s Immigration and Settlement Policies in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries, Middle Eastern Studies 50(2): 252-271

Carol, S., Ersanilli, E. and Wagner, M. (2014), Spousal Choice among the Children of Turkish and Moroccan Immigrants in Six European Countries: Transnational Spouse or Co-ethnic Migrant?, International Migration Review (early viewing)

Perceptions (special issue, guest editor Secil Pacaci Elitok) (2013), Turkey’s Prospective EU Membership from a Migration Perspective, Perceptions 18(3)

Andrijasevic, Rutvica;  Sacchetto, Devi; Gülenç, Nuran (2013), The fox at Europe’s door: Foxconn in Turkey, Open Democracy 12/12/2013 

Düvell, Franck (2013), Turkey, the Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Changing Dynamics of Transit Migration, Mediterranean Yearbook 2013

Sert, Deniz (2013), Turkey's Integrated Border Management Strategy, Turkish Policy Quarterly 12(1): 173-179

Previous Journals and books

Reports and Documents

Ahmet Icduygu (2014), Turkey's Migration Transition and its Implications for the Euro-Turkish Transnational Space, Rome: Instituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) 

Soyaltın, Diğdem (2013), Good news, Bad News or No News: Management of Irregular Migration in Turkey, ResearchTurkey 2(3): 33-45

ESI (2013), 1963 Ankara agreement, Happy Anniversary? EU-Turkey relations at age 50: An appeal

ESI (2013), ESI's Who's Who in the Turkey visa debate: Information and contacts 

SEESOX (2013), Freedom and Unfreedom in Turkey: Religion, society and politics. A workshop report, Oxford, SEESOX

Turkish National Police/International Center for Terrorism and Transnational Crime (TNPA/UTSAM) 2013, Illegal migrants and migrant smugglers in Turkey, Ankara: TNPA/UTSAM, Policy Brief 1, 2/2011

More Publications

Turkish nationals abroad

Here you can find a selection of recent publications (and other resources) concerning Turkish nationals abroad.

Migration and Asylum in Turkey

A selection of reports and other publications

Current Research


Franck Duvell (2013), Consequences of EU Migration and Refugee Policy on Third countries: the case of Turkey (funder: German refugee Council (pro Asyl)).

Rutvica Andrijasevic (2013), Labour in Europe in China-driven globalisation: the Case Study of Foxconn in Turkey, Czech Republic and Slovakia

PhD research

Martin Lemberg-Pedersen (2012), Externalization and Border-induced Displacement: A critical assessment of the European Borderscapes, Copenhagen: University of Copenhagen, 196 pages.

Özerim, Mehmet Gökay, Radical Right Parties in Europe and Anti-Immigration: The Construction of Anti-Immigration Discourse in the Context of Security Themes


Further Resources

English (ENG) and Turkish (TR) language websites of institutions (state, academia, international organisations and NGOs) in Turkey that have relevant information on migration and migration politics, and other resources. 


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Website content was collected with contributions from Cansu Akbas (Ege University, Izmir).

The newsletter is produced with the help of Onur Unutulmaz (COMPAS, Oxford University).

Funding applications are written with the support of Kristen Biehl (COMPAS, Oxford University).