The Syrian Community in Turkey: Perspectives, Prospects, and Policies

Authored by Fulya Memişoğlu, this report, entitled “The Syrian Community in Turkey: Perspectives, Prospects, and Policies”, centers on the environment accommodating the Syrian community in Turkey by understanding and analyzing the policies made to regulate the influx of Syrians feeing from the civil war and to facilitate their social integration into society.

To examine how the policies targeting Syrians have tended to address the process of integration on legal, economic, and social levels, a fieldwork study was conducted from September 2017 to December 2017 with Syrians in the cities of Gaziantep and Istanbul.

Throughout the fieldwork, in-depth interviews were conducted with Syrians from diverse professional backgrounds including educators, journalists, legal experts, civil society representatives, business owners, physicians, and students. Additionally, two workshops—the first in Gaziantep and the second in Istanbul—were organized with Syrians in October 2017 and December 2017, respectively.

The report aims to contribute to the policy-making process pertinent to migration management and social integration of the Syrian community with actionable policy recommendations.

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