07:30 – 19:00

Monday to Friday

Cibali Mah. Yazar Orhan Kemal Sokak

No:7 Kat:1 Fatih / İstanbul 34083

(0212) 533 65 32

Welcome to the “Migration from Sub-Saharan Africa to Turkey and Mediterranean Basin” Research Project.

29/09/2022

07:30 – 19:00

Monday to Friday

Cibali Mah. Yazar Orhan Kemal Sokak

No:7 Kat:1 Fatih / İstanbul 34083

(0212) 533 65 32

About Us

Migration from Sub-Saharan Africa to Turkey and Mediterranean Basin

African migrants, like all international migrants, are diverse in terms of cultural background, social class, education level, and income either before or after the migration experience.

“Migration from Sub-Saharan Africa to Turkey and Mediterranean Basin” is a research project on international mobility from tropical African countries to Turkey.

Thematically, it privileges the life circumstances, objectives, desires and subjective experiences of international migrants from sub-Saharan Africa, interpreted with consideration of the legal constraints that international policies and regulations impose on transborder movements and the economic and social conditions in the countries of origin, transit, or lengthy residence. Motivations for mobility, the means and permanent features of international movement, the adjustment to different countries, the resources the migrants mobilize for their undertaking, and finally the social and religious life in migrant communities are topics that are explored.

African migrants, like all international migrants, are diverse in terms of cultural background, social class, education level, and income either before or after the migration experience; the project is informed by this observation and contributes to a finer understanding of its ramifications. Methodologically, the project relies most centrally on anthropological fieldwork, direct contact with members of migrant groups, participation in social events, and conversation. When the opportunity is presents, other kinds of information are incorporated.

Punctual surveys on specific topics, questionnaires administered on-line, by cell phone or using paper forms, and potentially data available from administrative offices, public and commercial firms or utility companies provided or may provide useful contributions. The project has a comparative horizon in growing African migration to non-conventional, non-West European or North American international destinations. Terms such as South-South migration, migration infrastructure, higher education migration, point to conceptual developments that inform our research. The project is funded by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, Program of International Fellowship for Outstanding Researchers (2232)

Our Expert Team

Meet with the Expert Team of Our Research Project, Directed by Professor Mahir Şaul.

Yakup Azak
PhD student, Social Psychologist
BA degree at Istanbul University, Department of Anthropology and Marmara University, Department of Education, Mathematic and MA degree at Istanbul University, Department of Psychology.
Nevra Zehra Babürşah
Sociologist, Researcher
Graduated from Istanbul University Sociology. She is doing her master’s degree in Media and Cultural Studies at Arel University. She has been a columnist, reporter, and editor. She has two published novels.
M. Yasir Bodur
Researcher
He graduated from Istanbul Şehir University, Department of Political Science and International Relations in 2018. He received his master’s degree in 2020 from the Department of Urban Studies of the same university,
Claudia Bülbül
PhD Candidate, Researcher
Ms. Bülbül made her own first connection with Sub-Saharan Africa at the early age of 12, when she lived in Zimbabwe. Claudia Bülbül received her BA in European Studies at Maastricht University (NL)
Bilge Çağatay
Dr. Faculty Member
In 1999, Marmara University İ.İ.B.F. She graduated from the Department of Economics. In the same year, Kadir Has University İ.İ.B.F. She started to work as a research assistant in the Department of Economics.
Erdem Kayserilioğlu
Sociologist, PhD Candidate
He is writing a comparative doctoral thesis on Somalia’s international aid history and aid policies of different countries at Koç University Sociology Department.
Mustafa Ammar Kılıç
Sociologist, Researcher
He is a research assistant at Tekirdağ Namık Kemal University, Department of Sociology. He is doing his PhD in Sociology at Koç University. His areas of interest and work are environmental and migration sociology.
Mahir Şaul
Professor
Mahir Şaul spans in his research two world areas, Africa and the Middle East; thematically he carried out work on household organization, economic and political history, the transnational movement of people and ideas, and language and visual arts in their social context.
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