Title
The relevance of a "Culture of Migration" in understanding migration aspirations in contemporary Turkey
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Publication type
article
Publication
Abingdon :Routledge ,
Subject
Sociology
Economics
Source (journal)
Turkish studies. - Abingdon
Volume/pages
15(2014) :3 , p. 496-518
ISSN
1468-3849
ISI
000342289300008
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This article investigates the relevance of the presence of a "culture of migration" and related migration feedback mechanisms for explaining migration aspirations. This study focuses on the districts of Dinar and Emirdag. in Turkey-which have a distinct migration history toward Europe. The question is raised whether and how migration aspirations of potential migrants change according to the presence of a "culture of migration"-living in a migration-impacted region or not. This study relies on data collected in these two regions on the basis of a representative survey and in-depth interviews collected in the context of the EUMAGINE project (2010-13). Migration aspirations in a region characterized by a "culture of migration"-Emirdag-prove to be significantly lower than that in a similar socioeconomic region, but with no "culture of migration"-Dinar. Perceptions of the economic opportunities in Europe and of the working and living conditions of immigrants in Europe are more negative in the migration-impacted region of Emirdag. than in Dinar. It is interesting to note that the population in Emirdag. has still a similar (positive) vision on the democratic and human rights capital in Europe, as the population in Dinar.
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