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Migration Governance in Turkey

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Migration Governance in Turkey

Migration Governance in Turkey

Migration is a multi-faceted phenomenon that shapes and is concurrently shaped by other sectors of public policy and governance, including but not limited to the economy, law, national security, foreign affairs and social protection. The acceleration of international and national mobility in all its forms (economic, humanitarian, familial etc.) has particularly acute governance-related consequences for countries like Turkey that are simultaneously migrant-receiving, migrant-sending and transit geographies; they face the challenge of adapting to ongoing changes in the relative frequencies of various migration flows and their at tendant macro and microlevel effects.

This report evaluates the current national institutional architecture in migration governance in Turkey from an in-ternational point of view. By distributing its responsibilities in national migration management to various sub-ministerial migration departments, Turkey has established an appropriate institutional structure to manage the mixed migration flows that it faces.

Nevertheless, the report indicates that in order for Turkey to manage current and future migration flows more effectively, the Migration Board within the Ministry of Interior should be dissolved and a “Migration Policy Council” should be established in the Presidency.