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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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Perception of Syrians in Turkish Society: Social Dynamics Affected by Permanent Syrians: (Gökhan V. KÖKTÜRK and Özen Özlem ÖZCAN)


Gökhan V. KÖKTÜRK and Özen Özlem ÖZCAN

Perception of Syrians in Turkish Society: Social Dynamics Affected by Permanent Syrians

1 Introduction

Global migration and Syrian migrants can be expressed as international world system’s problem in general and Turkey’s national problem in particular. The level of effect of the global migration movements that we live today on the dynamics in social structures varies from society to society. The aim of this chapter is to examine the level of influence of irregular migration movements in the social dynamics of Turkish society in the context of permanent Syrians. At the same time, it was tried to underline that irregular migration phenomenon should be handled at macro and micro levels. The developments that started with the demolition of the Berlin wall, which were finally finished with barbed wire and masonry to national borders, and which we can only make sense through sociological analysis, have affected the whole world. In addition to this, the theoretical wind, a result of the questioning of the social, in other words, of the whole society, affects all social sciences, such as sociology. Another prominent aim is to emphasize the importance of the sociological perception of how the Turkish social structure perceives Syrian migrants and the sociological theories that deal with the subject in all its dimensions. The perception toward Syrians in the social structure and the permanent Syrians’ involvement in social life have inexplicable complexity through migration theories in sociological...

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