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