The Turkey-Germany migration corridor

Nermin Abadan-Unat, Basak Bilecen*

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In this chapter we examine six different migration phases between Germany and Turkey focusing on their economic and socio-cultural developmental impacts: (1) migration of academics escaping from Nazi persecution to Turkey (1930–50); (2) entrepreneurial small-scale migration from Turkey to Germany (1950–60); (3) guest worker recruitment starting the official labour migration (1961–73); (4) settlement phase with family unification (1973–90); (5) asylum seeking period (1989–2000); (6) contemporary two-way flows (2000–present). We question the concept of the migration corridor and advocate that it is quite restricted because it gives the impression of a homogeneous and often uni-directional flow of people. Therefore, we argue for a nuanced understanding of a migration corridor given the heterogeneity of mobility and two-way flows over the years between cities and regions leading to corridors within country corridors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Migration and Development
EditorsTanja Bastia, Ronald Skeldon
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781315276908
ISBN (Print)9781138244450
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge International Handbooks


  • migration corridor
  • Turkey
  • Germany
  • guestworker migration
  • family reunification

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