Internal Migration Studies


"Improving the Living Conditions of Children of (Seasonal Migrant) Agricultural Workers in Adana from the Perspective of Wellbeing"


The Istanbul Bilgi University Center for Migration Research conducted field research in 2016 with the support of the Bernard van Leer Foundation and in cooperation with the Çukurova Development Agency. In 2016, in Adana (on November 17 at Çukurova Development Agency and the same day at Tuzla Secondary School) and in Istanbul (on December 6 at İstanbul Bilgi University), the Center organized workshops to share the research findings from “Improving the Living Conditions of (Seasonal Migrant) Agricultural Workers’ Children in Adana (Kadıköy – Yüreğir; Karagöçer – Karataş; Tuzla – Karataş) from the Perspective of Well-Being”. In the qualitative stage of the study, in depth interviews are conducted with local and religious authorities, sharecroppers, tradesmen and school managers from the region, in addition to the interviews and focus groups with mothers and children. The report includes research findings and policy recommendations and is available online. The project focused on improving current living conditions of children between 0-8 years, will enter its next phase of policy implementation with state and NGO cooperation. The full text and abstracts of the report both in English and Turkish are available through the link below:



Project "You Have the Choice, Hear My Voice"

“You Have the Choice, Hear My Voice” Project, with the Center for Migration Research as a partner, is led by the Başak Culture and Art Foundation through support from the Netherlands Istanbul Consulate Matra-Kap Human Rights Fund. The project aims to update data obtained in 2004 from the project, SES-ÇIK ‘Don’t Ignore the Problem, End It’, which was supported through Delegation of the European Commission to Turkey and the Turkey 2001 Programme of the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights. The project timeline was between December 2009 – September 2010 and within the scope of the research, 353 families and 527 children and youths were interviewed. Information was collected through questionnaire about socio-economic conditions, education opportunities and levels, employment standards, and the expectations and needs of the children and youths. The project results are published in Turkish and English under the title “SES-DUY You Have the Choice Hear My Voice: The Effect of the Migration of Children and Young People 2004-2010 Result of the Comparative Research”, that can be obtained through the Başak Culture and Art Foundation.



Seminar Series 2007-2008: Internal Migration in Turkey


15 November 2007, Assoc. Prof. Ayhan Kaya – İstanbul Bilgi University
“Internal Migration in Contemporary Turkey: Integration or Return?"

25 December 2007, Prof. Dr. Murat Güvenç – İstanbul Bilgi University
“Monitoring Migrants: Relational Analysis on 1990-2000 Population Census”

27 February 2008, Bekir Ağırdır – KONDA Research
“Internal Migration in Turkey with Reference to Data from the Social Structure Survey ‘Who are we?’”

16 April 2008, Alper Şen – Sıfır Film and Advertisement Production; Hamit Temel – Association for Recycling Workers
“From Hakkari to Ankara: Scavengers” Documentary screening and discussion


Conference “Internal Migrations in Contemporary Turkey: Integration or Return? Project Launch”


9 Haziran 2008, İstanbul Bilgi University Dolapdere Campus

Spaekers:Assoc. Prof. Ayhan Kaya, Assoc. Prof. İ. Emre Işık, Bahar Şahin, Pelin Aksoy, Basri Çağlayan, Esra Elmas, Şafak Velioğlu 


Panel “After the Compensation Law”


9 June 2008, İstanbul Bilgi University Dolapdere Campus

Organizers: İstanbul Bilgi University Center for Migration Research & Helsinki Citizens Assembly


13:00 – 13:15 Registration

13:15 – 13:30 Opening: Emel Kurma, Helsinki Citizens Assembly

13:30 – 14:00 Elif Kalaycıoğlu, TESEV

14:00 – 14:45 Discussion

14:45 – 15:00 Coffee Break

15:00 – 15:30 Veysel Eşsiz, Helsinki Citizens Assembly

15:30 - 17:30 Discussion and Suggestions



Project  “Internal Migrations in Contemporary Turkey: Integration or Return?”


The research project of “Internal Migrations in Contemporary Turkey: Integration or Return?” was run between 2006-2007 through the support from TÜBİTAK. The main objectives of the research were to analyze the preconditions for the “integration” of the de-propertied migrants during the forced migration in Turkey and to study the structural and individual conditions working for or against these preconditions. The research report and the results are published by İstanbul Bilgi University Press in 2009 under the title of “Türkiye’de İç Göçler Bütünleşme mi Geri Dönüş mü? İstanbul, Diyarbakır, Mersin (Internal Migrations in Turkey: Integration or Return? İstanbul, Diyarbakır, Mardin)”.

Euro-Turks Research,conducted by Assoc. Prof. Ayhan Kaya and Assist. Prof. Ferhat Kentel has been completed. English version of the research report has been published by CEPS Publications. German and French versions of the report will be published by CEPS Publications and the Turkish version published by Istanbul Bilgi University Press.



Workshop “Children-at-risk Education Workshop I”


17-18 Şubat 2005, İstanbul Bilgi University Kuştepe Campus

Organizers: İstanbul Bilgi University Center for Migration Research; British Council


The main agenda topic of the workshop is the problems of children who study in the schools around Şişli-Kuştepe and Beyoğlu-Dolapdere districts near İstanbul Bilgi University where mostly migrants and undefended groups reside. Teachers, managers and psychological conselors from related schools, burocrats from Ministry of National Education, local governors and NGOs have attended the meeting and discussed suggestions regarding possible solutions. 

Panel: Problems of Internal Migration and Suggestions for Solution


19 June 2004, İstanbul Bilgi University 

Organizers: İstanbul Bilgi University Centre for Migration Research & Social Solidarity and Culture Association of Migrants (Göç-Der)
Guest Speaker: Osman Baydemir (Diyarbakır Mayor)
Moderator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayhan Kaya (İstanbul Bilgi University)
Dr. Betül Çelik (Sabancı University) "Problems of Kurdish Women in İstanbul who had been subjected to Forced Migration"
Prof. Dr. Esin Küntay  (Mimar Sinan University) "Children peddler"
Prof. Dr. Nilüfer Narlı (Kadir Has University) "Internal migration, ghettoization and poverty"
Pınar Uyan (İstanbul Bilgi University) "Survival strategies of women living in squatter houses"