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Kelsey P. Norman

Refugees in Turkey: Implications of Increasing Politicization

Banners and election propaganda following a Justice and Development Party (AKP) rally in Gaziantep. [Image courtesy of the author]

Migration has long been a securitized issue in Turkey, but with the upcoming parliamentary election on 7 June 2015, this might indeed be the first time that immigration into Turkey has been politicized to such an extent. For a brief moment in 2008, Turkey appeared to be moving away from its security-focused approach to immigration. A representative from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), who asked to remain unnamed, says that this is why Turkey was able to ...

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Turkey’s New Migration Policy: Control Through Bureaucratization

[An afternoon in the Kumkapı neighborhood of Istanbul, traditionally home to Armenians and now populated by many of Turkey’s more recent migrants—Afghans, Iraqis, Iranians, and various nationalities from Africa. Kumkapı—along with bordering neighborhoods Laleli, Aksaray, and Yenikapı—all attract migrants because of the relatively cheap rent and the promise of day jobs in the informal economy. (Image by Kelsey P. Norman)]

Images of tens of thousands of refugees fleeing from IS across the Turkish border last week thrust the issue of migration to Turkey into the international spotlight. But the influx of refugees to Turkey is only one aspect of the country’s complex migration situation. While characterizations of Turkey as “between East and West” are overstated, this description in terms of Turkey’s migration dynamics is actually quite apt. Turkey is inching closer to becoming part of Europe ...

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Different Policies, the Same Game: Syrian and Palestinian Refugees in Egypt

[10 October 2013, protestor in front of the Alexandrian Library carrying a sign reading “Egyptian dignity of Syrian dignity.” Image originally posted to Refugee Solidarity Movement's Facebook page.]

Past Treatment of Refugees in Egypt Continuing conflict in the Middle East and North Africa over the past decade has caused a sudden, periodic rise in the number of first Iraqi, then Libyan, and most recently Syrian refugees to Egypt. However, the predominant refugee groups in the country since the 1990s have been from the Horn of Africa. Many groups of African refugees–from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Sudan–have resided in Egypt on a semi-permanent basis over the past ...

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Kelsey P. Norman


Kelsey P. Norman is a doctoral candidate in the department of political science at the University of California, Irvine where she researches migration and citizenship. Her dissertation research focuses on Middle East and North African states as new countries of settlement. In 2012 she was a research fellow with the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University in Cairo and she is currently a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada doctoral fellow. Her writing has appeared in The Postcolonialist, The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, and the Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa blog. You can find more about her writing and research on her website and blog, or follow her on twitter at @kelseypnorman