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.
The UK government has strongly backed Turkey’s accession to the European Union in recent years. While last month, German Chancellor Angela Merkel backed French calls to re-start EU accession talks. Yet immigration remains a major concern for Western governments, which raises the questions about Turkey’s status as a source of Continue Reading
Bizim sokağın sonundaki ünlü Highgate Mezarlığı, Karl Marx’ın nihai adresi. Belki merhum yoldaşın hoşuna gitmeyecek ama burada kendi halinde mütevazi bir ekonomi oluşmuş. Marx Mezarlığı ziyaret kişi başı 3 Sterlin, rehber de isterseniz 10 Sterlin, mezarlığın karşısındaki Pub da Karl Marx salonu fahiş fiyatlara içki satıyor. Dünyanın dört bir yanından Continue Reading
Türk ulusu, Kürt milliyeti ve Hitit Cumhuriyeti İbrahim Sirkeci – Birgün Gazetesi – Londra Yazilari 10 Subat 2013 CHP milletvekilinin talihsiz konuşması ve bu konuşmanın bol kepçeden çarpıtılması son haftalarda gündemi biraz gerdi. Güler Amerikan vatandaşı, Britanya vatandaşı ve benzeri gibi vatandaşlığa dayalı üst kimliklere benzer şekilde Türkiye’deki üst kimliğin Continue Reading
Özet Sirkeci (2009) Improving the immigration and Asylum Statistics in Turkey – Turkiyede Uluslararasi Goc ve Siginma Istatistiklerinin Gelistirilmesi Her hükümet sınırları içindeki nüfusun büyüklüğü ve yapısını bilmek ister. Doğumlar ve ölümlerin yanında ulus-lararası göç de nüfus değişiminin önemli bir bileşenidir ve bu konuda bilgilenmek politika üretimi ve planlama açısından Continue Reading
Summary Improving the Immigration and Asylum Statistics in Turkey Every government needs to know the size and composition of the population within its territory. Thereby, along with births and deaths, immigration is a key component of population change and must be known for policy and planning purposes. It means the Continue Reading
Migration and Remittances during the Global Economic Crisis and Beyond is a a new book published by the Bank (edited by Sirkeci, Cohen and Ratha – see here). Alongside the main argument that remittances are largely proven to be resilient during the crisis, it reveals few more insights and poses Continue Reading
Cultures of Migration: The Global Nature of Contemporary Movement by Jeffrey H. Cohen and Ibrahim Sirkeci University of Texas Press, 2011 Preface This book began as a discussion between Cohen and Sirkeci over the meaning of migration. We started by email, talking about our work. Cohen had spent several years Continue Reading