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

COMPAS welcomes new Turkish delegation

On 17 February, COMPAS welcomed a delegation of the Directorate General for Migration Management (DGMM) of the Turkish Ministry of Interior lead by the head of the Department for Foreigners Aydogan Asar. 

The delegation met with Franck Düvell, convener of the Turkish Migration Studies group, Research Director Bridget AndersonMadeleine Sumption, Director of the Migration Observatory and a team of dedicated experts at COMPAS. At this exploratory visit the DGMM, only set up in 2014, highlighted the impact of forced migration from Syria on Turkey, the recent rise of security concerns related to foreign fighters, the human rights dimension of migration and the need for research-based policy development. The delegation expressed their wish to collaborate with COMPAS over issues related to data analysis, the impact of refugees and integration policies and others.

Turkish government regulating working life for Syrian refugees

Hurriyet Daily News, 10/2/2015

Up until now employers of Syrians have been able to apply for a work permit for their Syrian employees, for which some of the usual conditions were waived. Now, new regulations are in the making, setting some rights (ieTurkish Migration Studies Group minimum wage) and limits (of sectors they are allowed to work).


Turkey opens its largest refugee camp

SE Times, 10/2/2015

Turkey is opening a 24th camp in the south east with a capacity of 35,000, this is equivalent to the country Lichtenstein or the towns of KehlTurkish Migration Studies Group (Germany), Rennes (France) or Exmouth (UK). Another similar camp is planned to become operational soon. Currently around 15 percent of Iraqi and Syrian refugees are accommodated in camps whereas the majority reside in urban areas.


Britons with homes in Turkey could have residency cancelled

The Telegraph, 2/2/2015

An estimated 40,000 British migrants and probably many more from other EU countries are under threat of having their residence permits, and the according health care and other rights, withdrawn under the new Law 'On Foreigners and International Protection', if they leave the country for more than 120 days over a 12 month period. This affects the widespread transnational life styles where people have lives, businesses, property or family commitments etc in more than one country, such as UK and Turkey. This rule is said to undermine confidence in investing in or migrating to Turkey.


At least eight refugees drowned in two separate incidences

On 7 February, a boat with Iranian and Iraqi refugees capsized near MarmarisTurkish Migration Studies Group, at least seven died whilst two were still missing (Hurriyet Daily News, 7/2/2015).

On Monday, 9 February a boat with 32 Somali refugees capsized near DidimTurkish Migration Studies Group; so far one person has been found dead (Hurriyet Daily New, 13/2/2015).

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Upcoming events

11th TurkMiS workshop: Migrant and Refugees in Turkey

Friday 29 May, 12:00 - 18:00
See full programme and abstracts
To attend, contact Franck Düvell, franck.duvell@compas.ox.ac.uk 


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).