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The First International Workshop with Boğaziçi University

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Boğaziçi University-Ryukoku University Afrasian Research Centre

The First International Workshop

Policy Dialogue and Governance of Migration:

Comparative Cases from Europe and Asia-Pacific

March 2-3, 2012

Boğaziçi University Rector’s Conference Hall, Istanbul, Turkey


The Afrasian Research Centre and Boğaziçi University co-organised the First International Workshop on March 2-3, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. The aim of this joint workshop was to share and discuss theoretical as well as empirical studies on migration, policy dialogue and governance of migration by focusing on issues of international migration in selected countries and to explore the possibility of research collaboration in the near future.


In the Opening Session, Dr. Kemal Kirişci talked about the recent evolution and nature of three types of migration in Turkey with reflection on the various administrative, foreign policy and political challenges they pose for Turkey. Also, Dr. Selçuk Esenbel introduced the historical case of Tartar immigrants in Japan and discussed the relationship between pre-war Japan and Muslims. Dr. Soo im Lee and Dr. Maria Reinaruth Carlos gave a general overview of the problems and issues faced by migrants in light of Japan’s transition from a mainly migrant-sending to a mainly migrant-receiving country.


In the following two sessions, seven presenters introduced their studies regarding the governance of migration in Europe and the Asia-Pacific. Dr. Zeynep Kadirbeyoğlu and Dr. Dilek Çınar provided an overview of citizenship policies the EU and Turkey. Dr. Akihiro Asakawa introduced historical cases of naturalization in Japan since the late 19th century, and Shincha Park talked about dual citizenship policies in South Korea and the Philippines. Dr. Habibul Khondker argued from the study of Bangladeshi workers in the UAE that the social life of migrant workers is multifaceted and layered, and that there is an important implication for migration governance in the diversity of the workers and their sense of solidarity. Dr. Yasukatsu Matsushima introduced the case of the immigration of workers and military personnel to Guam and explored the various problems it poses. Finally, Dr. Mine Eder investigated the new layers of vulnerabilities female migrant workers face in Turkey, such as the differential reception and treatment of these migrants and the rising conservatism and Islamization of gender norms.


At the Roundtable-General Discussion, Dr. Ahmet İçduygu addressed methodological and analytical issues for the study of migration in Europe, and Asia-Pacific, proposing to re-examine Euro-centric and dichotomous structures of analysis in this field. Dr. Nermin Abadan-Unat suggested agendas for future studies and commented that the issue of multicultural policies deserves very careful assessment, as in Europe, governments’ recognition of multiculturalism and the reality that migrants experience are often different. At the end, Dr. Carlos suggested to conduct comparative and interdisciplinary studies on the difference and commonalities of migration experiences in the two regions and on common issues and solutions for problems migrants face in Turkey and Japan.


This workshop was a fruitful and valuable opportunity to share accumurated knowledge and output on two regions, and to explore the possibility of contributing to the field of migration studies through research collaboration. Both organizers agreed to provide another opportunity in the near future for continuance of discussion on migration governance.


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