As Turkish troops enter Jarablus, Syria, Turkey’s fight with PKK extended over three decades. The origins of the Kurdistan question for the four large countries of the Middle East, though, go back much longer. Kurdistan of Iran has been perceived as non-existent by Turkish audience but it stands there as Continue Reading
Türk ordusu Suriye’de Cerablus’un ötesine ilerlerken, Türkiye’nin PKK ile savaşı 30 yılı aşmış durumda. Ortadoğu’nun dört büyük ülkesi için Kürdistan meselesinin tevellütü çok daha eski. İran Kürdistan’ı henüz yokmuş gibi davranılan bir eyalet ama olduğu yerde duruyor. Irak Kürdistan’ı artık ne zaman bağımsızlığımızı ilan etsek diye düşünen kimsenin de varlığını Continue Reading
Ibrahim Sirkeci, Professor of Transnational Studies and Director of Regent’s Centre for Transnational Studies, Regent’s University London and Jeffrey H. Cohen, Professor of Anthropology, The Ohio State University Turkey is facing a new danger – brain drain. On July 15, a group within the Turkish military staged a coup. It failed. But since then, Continue Reading
Displaced people balance conflicts and insecurities at places of origin and of destination. Once you are on the move, migration, return or remigration is always on the menu. Syrians moved to Turkey fleeing the Assad regime. Now for many they are trying to reach Europe and avoid the insecurities of Turkey (lack of refugee status, volatile political system, tough labour market, to name a few). What awaits them in Europe is bleak and includes the rise of right wing parties across the continent and strong anti-immigration sentiment. The Brexit referendum in the UK was dominated by hatred against immigrants, for instance.
The differences that define “good” and “bad” refugees misrepresent the conflicts that motivate movement. The need to divide “good” from “bad” renders the civil, social and environmental insecurities that drive migrants and refugees to move moot.