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    "Turkey is also your home. I believe that among you there are some who want to become citizens of Turkey." Tayyip Erdogan said.

    Erdogan’s Move: Giving Citizenship to Syrians

    Turkey signed the 1951 Geneva Convention, which defines the status and rights of refugees. With this decree, Ankara retains a geographic limitation to the convention, meaning that it accepts only people who escape events...
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    Why the Greek Council of State Decision Won’t Pave the Way for Forcible Returns

    Intro The Greek Council of State decision of 22 September 2017 is strongly politically charged. Greece is acting on behalf of the entire EU, so the Council of State may have been subjected to substantial...
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    Migration Flows and Rising Far Right: Challenges for EU

    After the Arab Spring, chaos engulfed the Mediterranean region. Vast amounts of immigrants from destabilized countries like Libya and Syria tried to cross the Mediterranean to reach the welfare states of Europe. Besides the...
    BMS Senior Fellow Doğukan Doğu wrote about what the NATO presence in the Mediterranean would mean for the European Union.

    EU Needs NATO in the Mediterranean

    Why the EU needs NATO on the Mediterranean Sea rather than the Aegean Sea? The increasing number of Mediterranean refugees in the last few years has created not only political and economic pressures on countries...
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    Blockchain for Refugees: Great Hopes, Deep Concerns

    Blockchain has been much in the news lately thanks to the speculative cryptocurrency market. It is increasingly being touted as something of a magic bullet in a whole range of disciplines, and has been...
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    Re-thinking EU-Turkey Deal: Asylum and Protection

    After the EU-Turkey readmission plan, the migrant flows in the Aegean Sea are decreased. However, raised concerns on human rights abuses leaded us to follow recent steps taken by the governments. Orçun Ulusoy and...
    We have made an interview with Anja Palm, who is studying EU migration policies at the Istituto Affari Internazionali, on the migration policies of Italy

    How Migration Policies Affected the Italian Elections?

    Hello Anja Palm, in Italy, you are studying EU migration policies at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). We have been following your work for a long time. Recently, you have published an article for...
    The EU-Turkey deal sparked the debates on the violation of human rights. We talked with two scholars who recently published a policy brief on returns

    Returns From Greece: Interview with Ilse van Liempt and Jill Alpes

    On 18 March 2016, the EU and Turkey agreed on a cooperation for struggling with irregular migration in the Eastern Mediterranean. Accordingly, as of 20 March 2016, it was decided that “all new irregular...
    Mehmet Enes Beşer made an interview with Luca Lixi on externalization of the EU’s migration management, readmission, and bilateral agreements

    Bilateral Agreements and EU’s Moral Leadership | Interview with Luca Lixi

    Faced with historical migrant flows, which peaked in 2015, the European Union implemented an array of political and legal measures to manage this increase. Luca Lixi, a doctoral researcher at the University of Sheffield,...
    An interview with Omar Kadkoy, a research associate at (TEPAV). His work focuses on the socio-economic integration of Syrian refugees in Turkey.

    #2 Syrian Refugees and Turkish Labor Market: Interview with Omar Kadkoy

    In the second part of the series "Syrian Refugees and Turkish Labor Market, Didem İşçi and Durukan Güven made an interview with Omar Kadkoy, a research associate at the Economic Policy Research Foundation of...

    Bosphorus Migration StudiesBosphorus Migration Studies is an independent “think-together tank” focuses on migration. Founded in July 2015 by a group of independent researchers studying in Boğaziçi University. Headquartered in Ankara. It has a branch in Istanbul.

    Our mission is to promote inclusive and sustainable migration policies and generate alternatives for policy-makers.

    We support junior researchers seeking to deepen their knowledge and networks.

    We engaged NGOs and researchers to develop innovative frameworks.

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