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River Flowing North

Migration Generating Geographies and International Irregular Migrations

Edited By Suat KOLUKIRIK and Elif Gün

The phenomenon of migration, whose boundaries cannot be drawn, is not only a process that needs to be resolved economically, but also a multidimensional phenomenon that encompasses many areas in political, cultural, legal and social terms. Although the people built nations for themselves, set borders and established a relationship of belonging on certain lands, migration has always existed and continues to exist as a reality that pushes the limits of countries. In particular, the flows and possibilities that globalization has brought have enabled the phenomenon of migration to gain a different dimension and to be practiced and experienced in different ways in different parts of the world. Today, migration has ceased to be a phenomenon that affects only the countries that receive and produce migrants and that are located on the migration routes, and has become a series of events that occur on a transnational plane and await solutions. Now, the phenomenon of migration has become a problem of humanity, not a problem of individual communities and nations, and has become an important issue that needs to be approached on an international and global level.

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As a matter of fact, we are all migrants in the world we live in or at least a candidate refugee.

In today’s world, where the gap between irregular migrants and the settled society is increasing day by day, it is necessary to save the world we live in from protest reflexes and move to a more egalitarian and participative ground of global justice, because as long as the conditions of migration-producing geographies and the social structures of these geographies framed by global inequalities are not improved, the experienced international irregular and involuntary migrations will continue and be discussed in the future. So much so that the waves of migration that try to flow from the south to the north pole, like a river, continue to push the countries, borders and wire mesh and, despite all obstacles and dramatic deaths, infiltrate and reach their target.

Prof. Dr. Suat KOLUKIRIK and Res. Asst. Elif GÜN

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