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)
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