Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - MERGE - Migration and the Middle East

Migration Diplomacy: The case of Turkey

The seed-funded project investigates the mechanisms of migration diplomacy. Migration diplomacy refers to the ways in which states and governments negotiate about international mobility - ranging from labour migration to refugee movements. Migration diplomacy comes into play, either when there are no established regulatory systems to deal with certain forms of migration or when such systems fail, as was the case during the crisis in 2015, where millions of Syrian refugees had to be sheltered in the region and beyond. The research project explores the ways in which migration movements translate into inter- or transnational political and into regulation mechanisms for migration by using the case of the so-called EU-Turkey deal of 2016.

The project is a cooperation between South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX), the Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research (BIM) at Humboldt University of Berlin.