Istanbul present – Refuge Metropolis between Normality and Precarity

Due to its geographical and political location between Asia and Europe, the metropolis of Istanbul has always been a hub of migration movements: Arrival, transit and departure point at the same time. Today, it has become a refuge and a new home, especially for refugees from Afghanistan and neighboring Syria. Many of them stay for a longer period of time because the situation in their countries of origin does not improve. Additionally, in view of the European isolation policy and the agreements between Turkey and the EU, an onward journey to Europe has become impossible for most of them.  Despite the increasingly strict Turkish asylum policy in recent years and the difficulties that characterize the lives of many forced migrants without residence status or papers in Turkey and Istanbul, their presence and participation in everyday life in the city is normal. Social, family and professional networks offer support in making a new start and building a life that for many is no longer just a provisional arrangement.

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