1st Edition

Tracing Asylum Journeys
Transnational Mobility of Non-European Refugees to Canada via Turkey

ISBN 9781138364554
Published September 18, 2019 by Routledge
154 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores the asylum journey of non-European asylum applicants who seek asylum in Turkey before resettling in Canada with the aid of the Canadian government’s assisted resettlement programme. Based on ethnographic research among Syrian, Afghan, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Iraqi, Iranian, Somali, Sudanese and Congolese nationals it considers the interactions of asylum seekers with both UNHCR’s refugee status determination and Canada’s refugee resettlement programme. With attention to the practices of migrants, the author shows how the asylum journey contains both mobility and stasis and constitutes a micro-political image of the fluidity and relativity of attributed identities and labels on the part of state migration systems. A multi-sited ethnography that shows how the migration journey is linked to the production and reproduction of knowledge, as well as the diffusion of produced knowledge among past, present, and future asylum seekers who form trans-local social networks in the course of their route, in Turkey, and in Canada. Tracing Asylum Journeys will appeal to sociologists and political scientists with interests in migration and transnational studies, and refugee and asylum settlement.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Asylum Journey en route to Canada via Turkey

1. The Asylum Journey and the Governance of Transnational Refugee Mobility

2. Asylum and Resettlement Policies as an ‘Abstract Model’ for the Asylum Journey

3. The Separation Phase of the Asylum Journey

4. Practicing the Liminal Space in the "Journey of Hope"

5. The Journey of Hope and The Incorporation Phase of the Asylum Journey

Conclusion: The Asylum Journey as the "Journey of Hope"

Appendix: Interview List

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Ugur Yildiz is Lecturer in the Department of International Relations at Aksaray University, Turkey.


"Against the backdrop of increasingly restricted resettlement practices marking the global refugee protecting regime, international protection can be studied from a top-down approach and from a bottom-up approach. The book Tracing Asylum Journeys: Transnational Mobility of Non-European Refugees to Canada via Turkey is a well-designed research through a fine balance between these two perspectives. The book is an attempt at understanding asylum journeys beyond destination and sending country dichotomy that has dominated migration studies until very recently [...]. Overall, [it] is a very welcome contribution in a context where resettlement options are getting far more restricted to few eligible and lucky ones. Although the analysis focuses on the “winners” of resettlement lottery, this does not prevent the book from being a powerful and bottom-up critique of the current protection regime. The book is of interest especially to students of asylum, legal studies and geography. The author has a captivating and at times poetic prose. I believe the book can provide a rich course material for undergraduate and graduate students in political science, sociology and related subjects." - Aysen Üstübici, Asian and Pacific Migration Journal