Recent International Coverage of Migration
Migration Research Center at Koç University

Migration Research Center at Koç University

International Press Reader
 October 22 - 31, 2016


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A collection of news articles, op-eds and thinkpieces on migration

Evacuation and demolition of the Calais Jungle

Earlier last week, French authorities started - again - the evacuation and demolition of the Jungle camp in Calais. The French government aimed to move the nearly 8,000 migrants settled in the camp to reception centres across the country. As European governments continue to not listen to migrants’ demands and NGOs working on the ground and ignore the factors that drive people from their homes, it is expected that Calais will become a hotspot of migration yet again. With no concrete plans to guarantee protection and safety for the migrants, experts share their opinions on what to do next.

Children are allowed to stay - with as many as 1,291 minors expected to remain in a makeshift reception centre in Calais. The United Kingdom is required to welcome all those with ties to the UK under the Dublin regulation, but has been hesitant to do so while those who reach the UK have been met with great hostility. Newspapers as well as an MP questioned whether the migrants are actually children, accusing them of “abusing British hospitality”. The Conversation’s media review shows this is not the first time the UK disputes young migrants’ deservingness - and suggests unethical tests to check.

During the first half of 2016, Jungala Radio, a communicate platform where refugees produced their own digital content and shared weekly stories from the camp in Calais. You can find an archive of the stories here.

Sara Prestianni documents make-shift camps in Europe and the lives of those living in them,
including the this week demolished Jungle of Calais. 

Migrants' incorporation in the Turkish labor market

An undercover investigation has found that Syrian minors work in Turkish sweatshops where clothes are made for the UK market. The migrants work in poor and unsafe conditions and are paid less than a pound an hour. The informal employment of Syrians, as well as East European migrants, in the textile sector in Turkey has led to the ethnicization of the informal sector, Emre Eren Korkmaz writes. Employers and labor networks work in tandem to resist the formalization of Syrian laborers.

Meanwhile, the government has passed a new law that should make it easier for highly skilled foreigners to obtain a work permit.

Kurdish women's experiences of displacement

Open Migration brings attention to the plight of Kurdish women from Iraq and Syria as it follows the story of Aya and Rasha, who are experiencing secondary displacement in Iraq and now work as doctor and educator in the camps around Erbil.

Critiques of Trump's migration arguments

As Trump makes it seem as if the United States is becoming flooded with asylum seekers that will drain state resources, an infographic from the U.S. government reminds us of the extremely difficult, taxing, and rigorous process for refugee entry in the United States while an Atlantic video shows the economic benefits that migrants have brought to small towns in Pennsylvania, California, and Kansas.

Trump’s promise to keep immigration within ‘historical norms’ evoked the New York Times to interrogate such norms, while asserting that limiting migration will likely have a devastating effect on economic growth.

China's climate refugees

Deserts are expanding and swallowing villages in China. The New York Times shares a multimedia feature about the displacement of ‘climate refugees’ and the inadequate response of the Chinese government - including video, photography and maps.


Call for Papers: Highly Skilled Migrants and Brain Waste

The IMISCOE research group on highly skilled migrants is now inviting proposals for paper presentations for the annual IMISCOE conference to be held in Rotterdam on June 28-30, 2017. Innovative quantitative papers that examine the (different) reasons and consequences of brain waste are encouraged, including contributions to better measurement of skills mismatch, either in vertical or horizontal terms. 

Deadline: December 1, 2016.


The German Marshall Fund presents a new policy brief comparing migration and integration realities in three cities, Istanbul, Morocco, and Offenbach. The paper review urban challenges such as promoting migrant social inclusion through city planning, housing, providing migrants protection,the management of diversity, and combating potential threats to public order and social cohesion. The three cases offer different perspectives of cities that differ in size, types of challenges, and governance competencies. Access the policy brief here.

About MiReKoç

Migration Research Center at Koç University (MiReKoc) was established in August 2004 as a grant-giving program by the joint initiation of Koç University (Istanbul) and the Foundation for Population, Migration, and Environment (PME, Zurich).

As of 2010 MiReKoc has become a fully functioning research center aimed at developing the research capacity to address migration issues in Turkey.

In addition to being an institutionalized hub for Turkey-related migration research, MiReKoc also initiates conferences, workshops, meetings and seminars aimed at engaging students, academics, bureaucrats, policymakers, stakeholders and civil society organizations (CSO).

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