Social Research Workshop - Negotiating Insecurity and Uncertainty: The case of Afghan migrants and refugees in Turkey

Apr 18, 2012 18:00

Esra Kaytaz

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.

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.

To send your proposals of for any further enquiries, please contact using ‘Social Science Research Workshops’ or ‘Natural Science Research Workshops’ in the subject space of your email depending on your interest.


Esra Kaytaz

DPhil, University of Oxford


London Centre for Social Studies (LCSS)

73 Watling Street London EC4M 9BJ

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