International Conference on "Turkish Migration in Europe: Projecting the next 50 years" examines current and potential future Turkish migration in Europe over the next half century. We welcome contributions on the international mobility of Turks, with a focus on potential future migration patterns and processes in relation to the past migration experiences. This interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together academics, researchers, policy makers, media specialists, and civic organisations to discuss the experiences of immigrants, host societies, challenges and the future projections of Turkish populations in Europe.


Conference Co-Chairs

Prof Ibrahim Sirkeci (Regent’s College London, UK)

Prof Philip L. Martin (University of California Davis, USA)

Dr Franck Düvell (COMPAS/University of Oxford, UK)

Dr Zeynep Engin (London Centre for Social Studies, UK)


Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Prof Tariq Modood (Bristol University, UK)

Prof Thomas Faist (Bielefeld University, Germany)

Prof Philip L. Martin (University of California Davis, USA)

Prof Kemal Kirisci (Bogazici University, Turkey)

Call for Papers and Session Proposals

Turkey's population doubled over the past half century to 74 million. Despite replacement-level fertility, Turkey is expected to surpass Germany to become the second-most populous country in Europe (after Russia) by 2020. With almost 4 million Turkish citizens abroad, mostly in Europe, there are fears of more migration from Turkey. Turks continue to migrate, but also often to non-Western European destinations, including Russia and the Middle East. Turkey has become an immigration country.

The enlargement of the European Union resulted in new and complex forms of human mobility while also triggering more cautious policy making and reaction to immigration in general. Turkish immigrant groups have been adversely affected by these shifts. As a case for other immigration-bound minorities in Europe, the study of the Turkish case retrospectively and projections for its future are likely to help deepen our understanding of human mobility and its place in future Europe.

The conference aims at elaborating the patterns of Turkish migration, future prospects, and potential challenges in a changing Europe. We also aim to open up the discussion by including the internal and international migration nexus as well as diverse and potentially competing destination countries as part of the broader Turkish transnational migration experience. Hence we aim to bring new perspectives on mobility and possibilities of (re)configuration of policies.

Topics of interest include:

- Types of migration (emigration, circular, return migration, internal, secondary, and forced etc.)
- Types of migrants and mobility (highly-skilled,workers,students,refugees,tourists/visitors,children,women etc.)
- Destination countries including comparison between EU, Russia and MENA countries
- Mobility of faith groups and their networks
- Cultural,political,religious,ethnic,transnational-networks
- Diaspora ties,professional networks,transnational-practice
- Economics of human mobility, migration and development, remittances
- Migration systems, links with international trade
- Entrepreneurship, immigrant businesses
- Brain drain; education and migration
- Migration to Turkey
- Migration and social change in sending in receiving countries
- Migration and integration policy challenges and management
- Civic/political participation
- Migration projections, also in relation to Turkey’s EU membership prospects
- Research methodologies
- Migrant literature and literature on migration
- Discrimination, xenophobia
- Labour market participation and experiences
- Households and families
- Second and third generations
- Identity and citizenship
- Conflicts and crises


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