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Policy perspectives of Turkey towards return migration: From permissive indifference to selective difference

Ozge Bilgili () and Melissa Siegel ()

Migration Letters, 2014, vol. 11, issue 2, 218-228

Abstract: This is the first paper of its kind to look at policy perspectives on return migration in Turkey, based on an analysis of official documents and a series of interviews with Turkish authorities, government officials and academics. We identify several perspectives which range from the absence of a specific legislation to control return migration, to the concrete attempts to regulate the return of a selected group of migrants, namely the highly skilled. Subsequently, we show that these perspectives are built on a series of sometimes paradoxical arguments regarding economic development, past experiences about development initiatives and the country’s international objectives.

Keywords: Return migration; temporary migration; economic development; Turkey; European Union (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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