Fatma Nur Yavuz

About the Author
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March 15, 2011, marks the beginning of the Syrian civil war, a conflict that caused the death of thousands of Syrians and a displacement of over half of the population, internally as well as globally. Peaceful protests in the region, inspired by the Arab Spring, were conducted by pro-democracy Syrians in the hope of decreasing unemployment and corruption and of gaining political freedom. But they were quickly turned into brutality, resulting in the greatest movement of migrants after World War II.

Fatma Nur has surveyed through three different lenses the impacts of the Syrian refugee crisis on Turkey, answering questions on how the Turkish government has responded to this crisis, to what extent the Syrian refugees have been affected by governmental as well as the social response when trying to integrate in Turkey, along with how and why the social response of Turkish nationals towards the Syrian refugees have changed over time.

Since this is not a problem to be solved only by Turkey, the author would like to invite all international governmental and non-governmental actors to take concrete and effective measures to bring this humanitarian disaster to an end as soon as possible.

Fatma Nur Yavuz was born on November 13, 1997, in Cologne, Germany. She is one of the three children of Mehmet and Saadet Yavuz, who reside in present in Istanbul, Turkey. After living 13 years in several cities of Germany, she left Munich and moved to Prague, Czech Republic, together with her family, where she stayed for the next three years. In August 2014, they moved to Zug, Switzerland, where she finalized the college and received an IB Diploma from the International School of Zug and Lucerne. Then, she started her university degree “Bachelor of Arts” in International Relations at the EU Business School in Montreux and Geneva.

This study was written as part of the author’s bachelor’s degree. It was awarded the “Best Bachelor’s Dissertation”, and she felt the need to provide the findings of her research to a wider audience. Fatma Nur Yavuz’s interest in this topic, as well as the interaction with refugees, have started two years before she began to write this book, being one of the contributors in the publication of a booklet on child refugees getting lost on their way to Europe. Now, by publishing academic works on the situation of refugees around the world, Fatma Nur Yavuz aims at empowering and helping those people in need to get their voices heard.

Summary 9
Introduction 13
Laws and conventions applicable to refugees 15
How Turkey’s government responded to the Syrian refugee crisis 23
The integration process of Syrian refugees in Turkey 31
The effects of Syrian refugees on locals in Turkey 35
The reasoning behind the adopted research methods 41
Primary research 43
Secondary research 49
Data analysis and findings 51
Views on the Turkish governmental acknowledgement of the Syrian refugee crisis 53
From the eyes of Syrian refugees in Turkey 61
An outlook on the Syrian refugee crisis and its effects on Turkey from the perspective of Turkish citizens 67
Discussion of findings 73
Conclusion 77
Afterword 83
Bibliography 85

Paperback: 90 pages
Size: 127 x 203 cm
(5 x 8 in)
Published: April 2020
ISBN: 978-1-9996138-5-3


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