Syrian refugees in Türkiye and what the Future Holds

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Gökçekuyu E.

ANTHROPOLOGY, no.44, pp.1-3, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Editorial Material
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.33613/antropolojidergisi.1152174
  • Journal Name: ANTHROPOLOGY
  • Journal Indexes: EBSCO Education Source, Directory of Open Access Journals, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM), Sobiad Atıf Dizini
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-3
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


As a Dutch born hyphenated person, I have been a sequential part of the Dutch immigration process that started during the sixties of the last century. My father went to the Netherlands in 1964 as a labourer. Needless to say, the sole reason for this migration to the Netherlands was an economic one. It is a wellknown fact that Western countries needed cheap labour after the destruction of the Second World War. The answer was governmental policy to bring in temporary labour from certain countries such as Türkiye as well as Morocco. At first instance such a policy seemed mutually beneficial as these imported labourers foresaw a positive change in their economic positions. However, this economic migration that was supposed to be a temporary one, took an unexpected turn during the eighties and became a permanent immigration. Such a development was as unexpected for the first-generation immigrants as it was for the Dutch people.