Migration as a Leverage Tool in International Relations: Turkey as a Case Study - Ayhan KAYA

04/01/2021
ULUSLARARASI ILISKILER, ADVANCED ONLINE PUBLICATION, 2021

Ayhan KAYA*

ABSTRACT
Immigration, foreign policy and international relations have become embedded fields of study over the last few decades. There is a growing stream of research stressing how foreign policy impacts international migration, and how past migration flows impact foreign policy. This article reveals how the Justice and Development Party government in Turkey has leveraged migration as a tool in international relations. Based on the application of the findings of three different Horizon 2020 research projects, this article will depict the ways in which various domestic and international political drivers have so far impacted Turkey’s migration policy and relationship with the EU.

Keywords: Arab Spring, Migration Diplomacy, Benevolence, Populism, Ottomanism

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* Prof. Dr., Istanbul Bilgi University, Department of International Relations, Istanbul