The Migration of Highly Educated Turkish Citizens to Europe: From Guestworkers to Global Talent, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Migration of Highly Educated Turkish Citizens to Europe

From Guestworkers to Global Talent, 1st Edition

By Zeynep Yanasmayan


158 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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The increasing global competition of knowledge economies has begun a new era of labour migration, as economies chase ‘the best and the brightest’: the movement of highly skilled workers. This book examines the experiences of highly educated migrants subjected to two distinct and incompatible public discourses: one that identifies them in terms of nationality and presupposed religion, and another that focuses on their education and employment status, which suggests that they deserve the best treatment from societies engaged in the global 'race for talent'. Presenting new empirical research collected in Amsterdam, Barcelona and London amongst highly educated migrants from Turkey, the author draws on their narratives to address the question of whether such migrants should be apprehended any differently from their predecessors who moved to Europe as 'guestworkers' in the twentieth century. With attention to the reasons for which highly skilled workers choose to migrate and then stay (or not) in their 'host' countries, their connection to their multiple homes and the ways in which they meet the challenges of integration – in part by way of their position in relation to other migrants – and their acquisition of citizenship in the 'host' country, The Migration of Highly Educated Turkish Citizens to Europe offers insights on an under-researched trend in the field of migration. The author develops three nexuses – the mobility/migration nexus, the mobility/citizenship nexus, and the mobility/dwelling nexus – to account for the embedded sense of mobility that underlies these ‘new’ migrants and offers a holistic picture about their trajectory from ‘arrival to settlement’ and all that lies in-between. As such, it will appeal to scholars in the fields of sociology and political science with interests in migration and mobility, ethnicity and integration.

Table of Contents

List of Figures


Introduction: Making Sense of Highly Educated Migration: The Case for Mobility Nexuses

Part I: Mobility/Migration Nexus

1. Elsewhere Starts Here

2. Temporalities of Migration

Part II: Mobility/Citizenship Nexus

3. Mobility Enabling Citizenship

4. To Naturalise, Or Not To Naturalise

Part III: Mobility/Dwelling Nexus

5. "Distance is a State Of Mind": Travelling in Dwelling, Dwelling in Travelling

6. New vs. Old Diversity: Between Emplacement and Threatened Mobility

Conclusion: From Guestworkers To Global Talent?



About the Author

Zeynep Yanasmayan is Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany. Her research interests include migration and citizenship studies, governance of religious diversity, and law and society. She has previously published in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Citizenship Studies and Turkish Studies, and is co-editor of Belief, Law and Politics: What Future for Secular Europe?

About the Series

Research in Migration and Ethnic Relations Series

Research in Migration and Ethnic Relations Series

The Research in Migration and Ethnic Relations series has been at the forefront of research in its field for over ten years. The series has built an international reputation for cutting edge theoretical work, for comparative research, particularly on Europe, and for nationally-based studies with broader relevance to international issues. Published in association with the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER), Utrecht University, it draws contributions from the best international scholars in the field, offering an interdisciplinary perspective on some of the key issues facing the contemporary world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General