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Refugee Protection Turkey Report

N. Ela Gökalp Aras; Zeynep Sahin Mencütek

This report investigates how Turkey interprets, narrates and implements its obligations towards international protection for refugees, with an emphasis on the recent migration movements. This report examines the international protection, in particular refugee protection including temporary protection, focusing on the main legal and policy framework as well as the organisations and actors involved in policy implementation. It explores how Turkey applies international protection instruments, particularly the 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees. The report highlights the gaps between policy and practice in the asylum regime. Furthermore, it examines the perceptions, experiences and strategies of meso level actors, involved in international protection, while also identifying the coping strategies and perceptions of individuals who go through the asylum system at the micro level. An emphasis on both meso and micro level actors is of the utmost important for unpacking how different actors within the asylum system navigate, internalise and/or resist the asylum system’s rationalisations. The report links political narratives to surrounding experiences and practices.

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