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Turkey's Syrians: Today and Tomorrow

Editors introduce the collection of 11 accounts drawing on a rich base of field researches carried out by a multidisciplinary group of researchers on Syrians in Turkey. They argue "all in all, an accumulating body of theoretical and empirical evidence has shown us that there are changing dynamics affecting Syrian refugees’ presence in their destination countries."
The collected volume include contributions by H. Yaprak Civelek, Funda Ustek Spilda, Helen Macreath, M. Utku Güngör, S. Gülfer Sağnıç, Aslı Ilgıt, Fulya Memişoğlu, Tahire Erman, Güneş Gökgöz, Alexa Arena, Cansu Aydın, Bilge Deniz Çatak, Nagihan Taşdemir, M. Murat Yüceşahin, Ibrahim Sirkeci, K. Onur Unutulmaz, and Deniz Eroglu Utku.

Turkey’s Syrians: Today and Tomorrow  
Edited by Deniz Eroğlu UTKU, K. Onur UNUTULMAZ, Ibrahim SIRKECI
Published: 16 December 2017

ISBN: 978-1-910781-74-6 | Transnational Press London
Available in paperback, hardcover, kindle and digital formats

"Six years on, the conflict in Syria continues to displace people in the region. This is no surprise as the previous major conflict in the region (i.e. Iraq war) has continued to unsettle for over three decades. The root causes of the conflict, the ways in which crisis was triggered and handled will continue to be analysed and debated. Human mobility, though, undoubtedly has been a function of conflict in this geography" state Unutulmaz, Sirkeci and Eroglu Utku in the opening chapter. "Talking about future prospects of socio-political phenomena that are as multi-dimensional, as complicated and as dynamic as the ones centred around the Syrian population in Turkey is not easy. ...however, it is still possible to talk about certain potential trends and transformations that are likely to take precedence in Turkey. Many of the individual chapters in this volume have done this in their respected areas of focus."
"Clustering in the same space, Syrians have created their own habitus and reproduced their culture under precarious conditions... One can see words in Arabic on store fronts, both of those run by Turkish and Syrian merchants. They have turned deteriorating houses into their homes as well as into grocery stores (some food is brought from Syria), tailor shops (some sew only black nimas -- a long dress for women), small bakeries, restaurants, furniture stores, and fashionable clothing stores. The streets once lined by ruined houses have become revitalized as a result" concludes Prof Tahire Erman in Chapter 6.
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