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date: 20 March 2019

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In academic literature on Syrian refugee migration in Turkey, the situation has generally been portrayed as yet another “refugee crisis” or a “migration crisis” that the international community and the Turkish state must manage efficiently. This chapter argues that the word “crisis” might be better applied to the larger social and political dynamics that induced the forced migration from Syria and continue to shape the living conditions of Syrian refugees in Turkey today. The chapter discusses three crises: Turkey’s neo-Ottomanist foreign policy in the Middle East, the EU–Turkey relations, and the domestic political crisis unfolding in Turkey. Together, these crises prepared a convenient ground for the rise of xenophobic sentiments in Turkish cities. Such crises pose a structural obstacle to the development of a coherent and sustainable programme to successfully manage and incorporate Syrians in Turkey.

Keywords: Syrian refugees, precarity, Turkish foreign policy, European Union, ideological crisis.

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