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Women, Migration and Asylum in Turkey

Developing Gender-Sensitivity in Migration Research, Policy and Practice

  • Lucy Williams
  • Emel Coşkun
  • Selmin Kaşka

Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Lucy Williams, Emel Coşkun, Selmin Kaşka
    Pages 1-17
  3. Part I

  4. Part II

  5. Part III

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 245-251

About this book


This book examines the migration of women as gendered subjects to and from Turkey, using feminist research practices to explore a range of diverse experiences of migrant women as refugees, asylum seekers,undocumented or documented migrants. The collection includes contributions from researchers, practitioners, and migrants themselves to present a nuanced analysis that challenges binary divisions between ‘forced’ and ‘voluntary’ migrants and highlights the political and social agency of refugee and migrant women in Turkey. Drawing on a rich body of original empirical and theoretical research the volume explores recent policy change in Turkey, the political and social influences that have shaped migration policy (both internally and globally), and how women migrants have been positioned within its changing refugee and migration regimes. 

Analysis of the Turkish experience of redesigning migration policy in a country with weak civil protection against gender discrimination provides important lessons, in particular for countries in the Global South that are under pressure from the Global North to control and manage migrant flows. This interdisciplinary volume offers gender-sensitive recommendations for policymakers and practitioners and will advance global debates on migration management and governance across the fields of sociology, social policy, anthropology, labour economics and political science.


Gendered Migration Turkey Asylum Syria Migration Policy Syrian Migration Gender Roles Precarity immigration Social Work Child Marriage intersectionality forced migration labor migration refugee human rights human trafficking

Editors and affiliations

  • Lucy Williams
    • 1
  • Emel Coşkun
    • 2
  • Selmin Kaşka
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social ResearchUniversity of KentCanterburyUK
  2. 2.Düzce UniversityDüzceTurkey
  3. 3.Marmara UniversityİstanbulTurkey

About the editors

Lucy Williams is Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Kent, UK.


Emel Coşkun is Associate Professor of Sociology at Düzce University, Turkey.


Selmin Kaşka is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Economics, Labour Economics and Industrial Relations Department at Marmara University, Turkey.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Women, Migration and Asylum in Turkey
  • Book Subtitle Developing Gender-Sensitivity in Migration Research, Policy and Practice
  • Editors Lucy Williams
    Emel Coşkun
    Selmin Kaşka
  • Series Title Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship
  • Series Abbreviated Title Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-28886-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-28889-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-28887-7
  • Series ISSN 2662-2602
  • Series E-ISSN 2662-2610
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 251
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Migration
    Gender Studies
    Social Anthropology
    Social Policy
    Development and Gender
    Ethnicity, Class, Gender and Crime
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