Pursuant to the institution of restrictive policies towards Afghan migrants and refugees in Pakistan and Iran, as well as continuing insecurity in Afghanistan, Turkey has become a significant country of transit and the closest country asylum in the region. When in Turkey, however, Afghans are subject to policies designed to legally marginalize and prevent integration. Furthermore, anti-smuggling measures and tighter controls on the EU border appear to have increased the financial cost of irregular travel and possibility of apprehension. Consequently, Afghan migrants and refugees in Turkey find themselves in a ‘structural position of irregularity’ whatever their legal status.
This presentation will firstly discuss the ways in which Turkish national migration and asylum policy and the international legal and normative framework create structural irregularity for Afghan migrants and refugees. Secondly, based on ethnographic research since December 2010, including 55 in-depth interviews with Afghans across several cities in Turkey, it will discuss how Afghan migrants and refugees perceive and negotiate the resulting uncertainties and vulnerabilities.
Speaker: Esra Kaytaz, University of Oxford
Venue: LCSS, 227/228 Strand (Second floor), London, WC2R 1BE
Date: Wednesday, 18 April 2012;
Time: 6:00pm - Registration, Tea & Coffee;
6:30pm - Main Talk
7:10pm - Discussions, Q&A
Esra Kaytaz is currently working on her DPhil in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford where she previously read Archaeology and Anthropology (BA) and Development Studies (MPhil). Esra’s doctoral research is focused on understanding how Afghan migrants and refugees in Turkey perceive and negotiate risks and uncertainties related to their migratory choices in Turkey. She completed her fieldwork in January 2012. Her master’s research was similarly based on understanding the decision making processes of Christian convert Iranian asylum seekers in Turkey. Esra has worked for the Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly Refugee Advocacy Program in Turkey providing legal aid in the field of detention and refugee status determination. Esra has also been a researcher for the Global Migration Governance Program at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, with particular focus on ‘survival migration’ in the African context.
Research Skills Develoment Programme (RSDP): Workshops for Early Career Researchers
Coordinators: Ferya Tas (Social Science Workshops), Mustafa Dogan (Natural Science Workshops)
As part of the Research Skills Development Programme (RSDP) at LCSS, early career researchers (PhD students or recent graduates) are invited to present their researches in one of the workshop series that take place on a regular basis at LCSS.
The aims and objective of these events are;
- To provide an informal atmosphere for the researchers to present their works and receive feedback from their peers
- To develop presentation and communication skills for the early career researchers and students
- To have opportunities to meet other students and academics working in wide range of areas, creating an atmosphere for networking
- To help students and academics for their future careers
- To establish a database for researchers, academics, and students for the future events and networking
These social events are normally held at the LCSS depending on the number of the attendees and LCSS aims to organize not less than 1 event in a month. Activities for Social Scientists and Natural Scientists are conducted in separate streams.
The students and academics are welcome to submit their proposals in order to present their work at LCSS. They are required to submit no more than 300 words abstract describing their paper or work, as well as their short biography. Following the revision by the committee, successful participants will be contacted to arrange a suitable time for their presentations.