Migration Management in Turkey: Discourse and Practice

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Luleci-Sula C., Lüleci Sula Ç.

ULUSLARARASI ILISKILER-INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, vol.18, no.72, pp.1-17, 2021 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 72
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.33458/uidergisi.1000756
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, IBZ Online, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Historical Abstracts, Index Islamicus, Political Science Complete, vLex, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-17
  • Keywords: Border In, security, European Union, Immigration, Middle East, Refugee, SECURITIZATION, SURVEILLANCE, TRANSIT, BORDER
  • TED University Affiliated: No


This article analyzes the discourse and practice of migration management in Turkey. It identifies four major themes in the discourse between 2014 and 2020: Migration as a 1) burden, 2) humanitarian responsibility, 3) justification for transborder operations, and 4) fault line in Turkey-European Union (EU) relations. Then it analyzes migration management practices in three categories: 1) legal challenges, 2) agents and relations of policing, 3) surveillance. Adopting a multimethod approach, the article combines qualitative data collection with interpretive analysis. It concludes that despite the humanitarian emphasis in political discourse, there are embedded in/security practices in the field of migration management in Turkey.