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Turkey as a "safe third country"? The impacts of the EU-Turkey Statement on Syrian refugees in Turkey

Şimşek, D; (2017) Turkey as a "safe third country"? The impacts of the EU-Turkey Statement on Syrian refugees in Turkey. Perceptions , 22 (4) pp. 161-182. Green open access

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Abstract

Turkey has taken a number of steps including regulations granting approximately three million Syrian refugees with the guarantee of nonrefoulement, access to basic humanitarian services, and the right to access education, health services and the labour market. The Turkish government’s policy position on the Syrian refugees has gradually begun evolving from ‘hospitality’ to ‘integration’. The Statement between the EU and Turkey has raised concerns about the assumption of Turkey as a “safe third country” to return refugees to, however, one aspect of the agreement, which focuses on the EU’s financial support to improve the situation of Syrian refugees in Turkey, is considered as an important positive step towards the integration of Syrians. This paper aims to address the question of whether Turkey can be considered as a “safe third country” for Syrian refugees. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in İstanbul, İzmir and Gaziantep, this paper focuses on the experiences of Syrian refugees in Turkey to explore whether Turkey can be recognized as a “safe third country” for refugees.

Type: Article
Title: Turkey as a "safe third country"? The impacts of the EU-Turkey Statement on Syrian refugees in Turkey
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://sam.gov.tr/turkey-as-a-safe-third-country-t...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Syrian Refugees, EU-Turkey Statement, Integration, Turkey, European Union, Migration Policies
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10081403
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