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Meral Açıkgöz

Meral Açıkgöz is a Project Coordinator at the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Turkey. This article is based on a talk given by the author at the conference “The Migration Transition of Turkey – from Emigration to an Immigration Country. New Realities, New Policy Challenges” held on 28 March 2014 in Ankara. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the view of IOM.

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From the Desk of the Editor Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, competing conceptions of Turkish identity have existed. Among many examples, the role of Islam has been contested, Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms have clashed, and various identity-based movements have ebbed and flowed, shaping political cleavages. National identity contestation has also spilled over into Turkey’s relationship with its Western...
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