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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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Urban Loneliness Perception of Migrant Youth: A Qualitative Study: (Gül AKTAŞ)



Urban Loneliness Perception of Migrant Youth: A Qualitative Study

1 Introduction

The term “city,” that is expressed as the economic sector by which a large part of the population has a livelihood with businesses related to trade, industry, management and service; and which is expressed as a settlement that has a social and cultural organization, has many different definitions. For example, it is possible to define it as the residential area where the majority of the inhabitants work in non-agricultural business branches, has a population density, meets all the needs of people from accommodation to entertainment, and shows a continuous social change and high degree of integration; or as a contemporary form of settlement and community type where rational behaviors are more prevalent than traditional relations, especially in industry and similar fields.

In addition to spatial, demographic and management features, the concept of the city includes a separate lifestyle and a different system of cultural values determined by economic relations, social and political structure and a complex interaction (Yahyagil, 1998: 105–106).

Cities are settlements that emerge as a requirement of the needs of people to live together socially. Besides the daily needs of people sharing these settlements, many needs such as education, health, housing, work, social activities are met in these areas. The need for people to live together has caused the cities to grow rapidly by getting excessive migration. In the beginning, the cities in...

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