This interview is on the recent waves of deportations, detentions, and relocations of migrants and refugees in Turkey, the majority of whom are Syrians. Cihan Tekay, co-editor of the Turkey page on Jadaliyya, discusses rising xenophobia, systemic harassment, and changing legal frameworks with Yasemin Ozer.
The resources discussed by Yasemin Ozer in this interview can be found here:
Racism and Syrians in Turkey: The Political Economy of Discrimination
We Want to Live Together Initiative:
Note: Shortly after this interview was recorded, the governor of Istanbul extended the relocation deadline for refugees registered in other cities to from 20 August to 30 October.
Guest: Yasemin Ozer
Yasemin Ozer is a PhD candidate in Cultural Anthropology at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. Her research interests include migration, refugees, care, humanitarianism, citizenship, and border making, specifically in the Eastern Mediterranean. She is currently conducting fieldwork on her dissertation among Syrian urban refugees in Turkey, supported by grants from the Social Science Research Council and Wenner-Gren Foundation
Host: Cihan Tekay
Cihan Tekay is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is currently a Graduate Fellow at the Futures Initiative, serving as the program’s Institutional Leadership and Administration Specialist. Previously, she earned her BA from Hampshire College. She is a co-editor of the Turkey page at Jadaliyya.
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