Turkey’s Response to Syrian Mass Migration: A Neoclassical Realist Analysis

Zeynep Sahin Mencutek, N. Ela Gokalp Aras, Bezen Balamir Coşkun
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Journal Article
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International Relations Council of Turkey (UİK-IRCT)
Migration studies have seldom dealt with the foreign policy dimensions of refugee migration. Additionally, international relations (IR) theories have barely addressed migration policy. The present study seeks to address this gap by analysing Turkey’s response to Syrian mass migration through the lens of neoclassical realist theory. Its purpose is to ascertain to what extent IR theories, particularly neoclassical realism, help us to understand Turkey’s policies and politics addressing Syrian mass migration and changes over time. It questions the pertinence of Turkey’s relative power and its foreign policy objectives in shaping responses to Syrian mass migration. The research also sheds much-needed light not only on dynamism in power-policy relations but also interaction between the international system and internal dynamics in designing migration policies. It aims to stimulate dialogue between IR theories and migration studies, with a particular focus on the foreign policy dimension of state responses to mass refugee migration.
International Relations, Foreign Policy, Migration, Refugees
Political Geography
Europe, Turkey, Middle East, Asia, Syria