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Turkish Immigrants in the European Union
Determinants of Immigration and Integration

ISBN 9780415495271
Published February 20, 2009 by Routledge
190 Pages

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Book Description

This book provides an analytical contribution to the contested issues marking Turkish membership to the European Union.

On October 2005 Turkey started the accession process towards EU membership. Currently, many Europeans fear that large numbers of Turkish nationals will flood member countries if Turkey were to become a member, highlighting that many Turkish immigrants have failed to integrate into their host societies due to cultural difference. Yet, others argue that Turkey is a dynamic society with a growing educated population that could help address the dilemmas faced by most member countries, emphasizing that accession would assist the integration of current immigrants in Europe.

Turkish Immigrants in the European Union addresses the following:

  • What are the demographic trends in Turkey compared to the member countries?
  • What is the potential scope and driving forces of immigration from Turkey to the EU?
  • How will these trends affect Turkish immigrants in Europe?
  • What is the integration problem of Turkish immigrants and how can it be resolved?

This book was previously published as a special issue of Turkish Studies and will be of interest to students and scholars of European studies and European integration.

Table of Contents

Introduction.  Part 1: Determinants of Immigration.  Demographic Developments and Complementarities: Ageing, Labor and Migration.  Immigration Scenarios: Turkey-EU.  Migration Trends in an Enlarging European Union.  Part 2: Determinants of Integration.  Comparing Integration Policies and Outcomes: Turks in the Netherlands and Germany.  The Turkish Community in Austria and Belgium: The Challenge of Integration.  The Educational Attainment of Turkish Migrants in Germany.  Gender Dynamics in the Context of Turkish Marriage Migration: The Case of Belgium.  Political Participation and Associational Life of Turkish Residents in the Capital of Europe.  Conclusion.

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Refik Erzan is a Professor of Economics at Bogaziçi University

Kemal Kirisci is Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration at Bogaziçi University