Aydin No 2, Issue 1

(2014) No 2, Issue 1


Turkey’s New Direction for Free Movement of Persons: Challenges in Turkey



Pages: 4-15


Abstract  ǀ  full text


Migration is a salient phenomenon in the European Union, including non-European and intra-European migration. European citizenship contributed to this process a lot under the praxis of free movement of persons. Also the right to vote and to stand in municipal and European Parliament elections has opened a new path for political transformation of citizens’ and European migrants’ rights. Turkey, as a candidate for EU membership, has a different political and legal structure for migrants. Even if there are settled foreigners coming from EU member countries, yet there is no institutional (municipal, regional or central level) and constitutional development for them. Also, the right to vote is exercised only by Turkish citizens. In the case of EU membership, there will be a considerable debate on citizenship and migrants’ rights, including institutional arrangements. So, this paper aims to analyze current preparations of Turkey for the free movement of persons. Thus, the detailed concept of the migration flow into Turkey will be defined and differences will be compared with European member countries. Then, Turkey’s current migration and citizenship policy, as well as its administrative practices at institutional level will be discussed.


European citizenship, nation-state citizenship, migration, institutional reforms, citizenship policy, free movement of persons

Citing Literature

Tuğba Aydin, Turkey’s New Direction for Free Movement of Persons: Challenges in Turkey, Journal of Global Politics and Current Diplomacy, (2014), No 2, Issue 1: 4-15.




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