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Turkish Migration in Europe - Projecting the next 50 years - Submission Deadline 15 May 2012

Event date: Friday 7th December 2012 - Sunday 9th December 2012

Regent’s College London, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London, UK

Organized by:
Regent’s Centre for Transnational Studies (RCTS)
London Centre for Social Studies (LCSS)
Turkish Migration Studies Group at Oxford University (TurkMIS)

Ibrahim Sirkeci (Regent’s College London)
Philip L. Martin (University of California Davis)
Franck Düvell (COMPAS/University of Oxford)
Zeynep Engin (London Centre for Social Studies)

Call for Papers and Session Proposals

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: Tuesday, 15th May 2012

Turkey’s population doubled over the past half century to 74 million. Despite replacement-level fertility, Turkey is expected to surpass Germany to become the second-most populous country in Europe (after Russia) by 2020. With almost 4 million Turkish citizens abroad, mostly in Europe, there are fears of more migration from Turkey. Turks continue to migrate, but also often to non-Western European destinations, including Russia and the Middle East. Turkey has become an immigration country.

The enlargement of the European Union resulted in new and complex forms of human mobility while also triggering more cautious policy making and reaction to immigration in general. Turkish immigrant groups have been adversely affected by these shifts. As a case for other immigration-bound minorities in Europe, the study of the Turkish case retrospectively and projections for its future are likely to help deepen our understanding of human mobility and its place in future Europe.

The conference aims at elaborating the patterns of Turkish migration, future prospects, and potential challenges in a changing Europe. We also aim to open up the discussion by including the internal and international migration nexus as well as diverse and potentially competing destination countries as part of the broader Turkish transnational migration experience. Hence we aim to bring new perspectives on mobility and possibilities of (re-)configuration of policies.

Topics of interest include:

• types of migration (emigration, circular, return migration, internal, secondary, and forced etc.)
• types of migrants and mobility (highly skilled, workers, students, refugees, tourists/visitors, children, women etc.)
• destination countries including comparison between EU, Russia and MENA countries;
• mobility of faith groups and their networks
• cultural, political, religious, ethnic transnational networks, diaspora ties, professional networks; transnational practices
• economics of human mobility, migration and development, remittances
• migration systems, links with international trade
• entrepreneurship, immigrant businesses
• brain drain; education and migration
• comparison of Turkish migration with migration to Turkey
• migration and social change in sending in receiving countries
• migration and integration policy challenges and management
• civic/political participation
• migration projections, also in relation to Turkey’s EU membership prospects
• research methodologies
• migrant literature and literature on migration
• discrimination, xenophobia
• labour market participation and experiences
• households and families
• second and third generations
• identity and citizenship
• conflicts and crises

For further information please see conference website


15 May 2012: Submission of abstracts (500 words) and session proposals (500 words)
2 July 2012:  Decision on proposals
24 August 2012: Early Registration deadline
15 October 2012: Submission of full papers (up to 6000 words)
7-9 December 2012: Conference

Keynote Speakers:

Prof Tariq Modood (University of Bristol, UK)
Prof Thomas Faist (Bielefeld University, Germany)

Conference Committee:

Prof Ibrahim Sirkeci (Regent’s College London, UK)
Prof Philip L. Martin (University of California Davis, USA)
Dr Franck Düvell (COMPAS/University of Oxford, UK)
Dr Zeynep Engin (London Centre for Social Studies, UK)
Dr Sebnem Koser Akcapar (Georgetown University, USA)
Dr Ahmet Akgündüz (Izmir University, Turkey/University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Prof Gudrun Biffl (University of Donau-Krems, Austria)
Prof Ayse Caglar (Central European University, Hungary)
Dr Aycan Celikaksoy (University of Stockholm, Sweden)
Dr Dilek Cindoglu (Bilkent University, Turkey)
Dr Jeffrey H. Cohen (Ohio State University, USA)
Metin Corabatır (UNHCR-Turkey)
Dr Ipek Demir (Leicester University, UK)
Dr Evelyn Ersanilli (IMI/University of Oxford, UK)
Prof Thomas Faist (Bielefeld University, Germany)
Dr Ayse Guveli (University of Essex, UK)
Dr Mireille Hebing (Regent's College London, UK)
Prof Ayhan Kaya (Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey)
Prof Kemal Kirisci (Bogazici University, Turkey)
Prof Ismet Koc (Hacettepe University, Turkey)
Prof Talip Kucukcan (Marmara University, Turkey)
Prof Johan Leman (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Dr Altay Manco (IRFAM, Belgium)
Prof Eva Østergaard-Nielsen (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain)
Dr Caglar Ozden (the World Bank, USA)
Prof Karen Phalet (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Prof Jan Rath (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Bradley Saunders (Regent's College London, UK)
Dr Prakash Shah (Queen Mary, University of London, UK)
Dr Gonul Tol (Middle East Institute, USA)
Dr Mehmet Serkan Tosun (University of Nevada, Reno, USA)
Dr Levent Soysal (Kadir Has University,Turkey)
Dr Pinar Yazgan (Sakarya University, Turkey)
Dr Ahmet Yukleyen (University of Mississippi, USA)
Prof Gokce Yurdakul (Humboldt University, Germany)

Local Organisation Committee:

Prof Ibrahim Sirkeci (Regent’s)
Dr Franck Düvell (Oxford)
Dr Zeynep Engin (LCSS)
Serkan Baykusoglu (LCSS)
Kristen Biehl (Oxford)
Ayse Zeynep Demir (LCSS)
Evinc Dogan (Regent’s)
Ali Aslan Gumusay (Oxford, LCSS)
Dr Mireille Hebing (Regent’s)
Dr Maria Luca (Regent’s)
Dr Sibel Safi (LCSS)
Bradley Saunders (Regent’s)
Onur Unutulmaz (Oxford)

Conference Sessions:

In addition to the chair and panellists one discussant will also be present for every session to increase the feedback opportunities.

Conference Publications:

• Conference Proceedings in electronic format and the Book of Abstracts in both paperback and electronic formats will be made available prior to the conference. Decision on proposals will be made by the conference committee and guest editors.
• Selected papers from the conference will be considered for publication in a special issue of Migration Letters and/or a separate book with an academic publisher. The selection will be carried out during the review process as well as at the conference presentation stage. Submitted papers must not be under consideration for any other journal or publication. The final decision will be made based on peer review reports by the guest editors and the Editor-in-Chief jointly.


Best paper and best student paper prizes will be offered.


There will be a limited number of scholarships available to advance PhD students to cover their travel expenses. For those wishing to be considered for travel grants please indicate this in your submission form.