Challenges and Opportunities of Refugee Integration in Turkey

With the report ‘Challenges and Opportunities of Refugee Integration in Turkey’ by the Research Centre on Asylum and Migration (IGAM) we try to contribute a part to unlock the potential, integration could have for Turkey and the refugee population alike. The present report which has been funded by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Derneği not only illustrates the integration gap under the current temporary asylum system but provides ideas for how to tackle the challenges to refugee integration.

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According to the latest edition of the Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) report of 2015, UK’s integration policy introduced by the last coalition Government made access citizenship more restricted, as well as on anti-discrimination, family reunion, migrant workers’ rights and the education of migrant children matters. UK ranked 15th out of 38 countries. Migrant patients have limited entitlements and access to some of the health services and policies of the UK, as they need to pay a NHS health surcharge. Labour migrants find difficulties to settle permanently and become a UK citizen due to settlement pattern that are more demanding and expensive compared to other countries. Due to the recent cuts on language support, individual communities and schools may find it difficult to respond to the needs of migrants. According to the 2015 MIPEX report, the process to obtain citizenship is becoming more difficult because of application high costs and “good character” requirements, added to an increasingly difficult “Life in the UK” test according to the 2015 MIPEX’s report. 

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