The Istanbul Policy Center (IPC)- Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative organised a workshop1 entitled “Turkey’s Migration Policy from 2002 to 2012: An Assessment of the AKP’s Reforms” on 16 February 2013 at IPC’s Karaköy Office. The workshop was supported by IPC-Mercator’s fellowship programme2 and took place as a part of Mercator-IPC Fellow Seçil Paçacı Elitok’s research project on the “Role of Migration in EU/German-Turkish Relations”. Turkey’s geographical location and the sizeable number of people of Turkish descent living in Western Europe make migration a critical issue in Turkey’s EU membership negotiations. In the early 2000s, the European Commission greeted Turkey’s legal and institutional reforms with enthusiasm. However, later reports (except the latest one in 2013) painted a less favourable picture and deemed the harmonisation of Turkey’s migration policy with the EU law as “poor” and “limited”.
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