“Changing Parameters of Migration Cooperation: Beyond the EU-Turkey Deal?”, Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Fuat Keyman and Kristen Biehl (IPC, Turkey)

Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Fuat Keyman, Kristen Biehl, Changing Parameters of Migration Cooperation: Beyond the EU-Turkey Deal?, January 2020

Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Director Fuat Keyman, and 2016/17 Mercator-IPC Fellow Kristen Biehl’s report “Changing Parameters of Migration Cooperation: Beyond the EU-Turkey Deal?” was published. 

The debate on EU-Turkey cooperation in the field of migration has so far largely focused on the so-called “EU-Turkey deal.” This paper takes the debate one step further by reflecting on the overlooked financial and institutional component of the deal, namely the institutionalized support Turkey has been receiving from the EU to bolster refugee integration in Turkey.

The report argues that the discussion on migration cooperation between Turkey and the EU should move toward issues concerning rights-based good governance aiming at cohesion and employing effective inter-institutional cooperation in the design and implementation of policies toward the refugees who already reside in Turkey and in EU member countries.