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Located at the crossroads of regions in turmoil, Turkey has been a safe haven for refugees for years. Refugees from Iran, Iraq, Bulgaria, Bosnia, and Kosovo have arrived in Turkey at different periods, receiving different policy responses. With the recent crisis in Syria, Turkey has received almost 700,000 Syrians, a figure reflecting only those refugees who are registered under a temporary protection regime. The aim of this article is to revisit Turkey’s varying responses to major refugee movements of the past, and analyze their potential implications for the current refugee crisis of Syria.


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Foreword Following the violent dissolution of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, there had been a shared sense of hope for a more peaceful future for the European continent. Unfortunately, this comfortability disappeared after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to march against the Ukrainian forces throughout the border on 24 February 2022. This marked a turning point not only for the...