Mobilizing Diasporas: Insights from Turkey’s Attempts to Reach Turkish Citizens Abroad

Zeynep Sahin Mencutek, Bahar Baser

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    Expansion in state-diaspora relations in recent decades has led to academic research questioning when, why and how sending states develop diaspora policies in order to re-connect with their citizens abroad. Turkey, which has one of the highest rates of emigration in the world, is a particularly important case study in terms of illustrating a turn in the way it perceives its citizens abroad as a diaspora. When the AKP (Justice and Development Party) came to power, it attempted to develop a number of diaspora policies to maintain, cultivate and deepen relations with its emigrants with an aim of creating a mobilized transnational community. This article explains the transformation in this newly emerging engagement policy by putting an emphasis on Turkey’s foreign policy aspirations and the diffusion of Turkey’s domestic policies abroad.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)86-105
    Number of pages21
    JournalJournal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies
    Issue number1
    Early online date20 Sept 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Bibliographical note

    This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies on 20th September 2017, available online:


    • diaspora
    • diaspora policy
    • emigrant states
    • foreign policy
    • Turkey


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