A culture of managing difference: The field of migration management and Syrian movers to Turkey

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology, Turkey

Approval Date: 2015

Student: Michelle Dromgold

Supervisor: BESİM CAN ZIRH


This thesis examines migration management in Turkey and its impact upon Syrians as migration patterns, policy, and structure in the country are changing. To address such changes and align policies with European Union and international norms, Turkey enforced the Law on Foreigners and International Protection in April 2014, which signifies a shift in governmental practices and discourses on migration and establishes a migration coordinating directorate. At the same time, local, national, international and supranational governmental and civil society organizations are engaged in responding to the displacement of over 1.9 million Syrians into Turkey’s borders and Turkey’s migration management has become multi-tiered. To analyze how these various actors contribute to and coordinate in the field, this research questions: 1) What is migration management; 2) How does Turkey’s migration management field fit in the global migration governance system; 3) What are the relationships of actors in this field; and 4) Do actors in the field perceive this system as adequate for fulfilling the needs of Syrians in Turkey? This research applies global governance theory to analyze the actors, practices and discourses in the field as evident in organizations’ reports and websites as well as interviews with accessible organizations. Syrian migration presents a relevant modern day test of migration management. In analyzing the multi-tiered field of migration management of Syrians in Turkey, this research aims to shed light on the intricacies of migration management and will contribute to literature focusing on better defining and understanding international migration management in today’s global world.