Home is Where the Heart Is? Forced Migration and Voluntary Return in Turkey's Kurdish Regions

Stefanovic, Djrodje and Loizides, Neophytos G. and Parsons, Samantha (2015) Home is Where the Heart Is? Forced Migration and Voluntary Return in Turkey's Kurdish Regions. Journal of Refugee Studies, 28 (2). pp. 276-296. ISSN 0951-6328. E-ISSN 1471-6925. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1093/jrs/feu029) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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What influences the decisions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to return home after prolonged displacement? This article investigates the attitudes of victims of forced migration by analysing survey data on Kurdish displaced persons and returnees in Turkey. In an attempt to give a voice to displaced persons, we survey the conditions under which IDPs return home despite continuing tensions, lack of infrastructure and risk of renewed violence. The findings suggest that integration into a new environment in Western Turkey, measured by economic advancement and knowledge of Turkish, reduces the likelihood of return. Yet contrary to conventional wisdom, more educated IDPs demonstrate a stronger desire to return to their ancestral communities, suggesting that education increases available options for displaced persons. The findings are relevant in informing global responses to forced migration as well as understanding the local experiences and perceptions of IDPs in conflict ridden societies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: forced migration, Kurds, social capital, education, Turkey
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Conflict Analysis Research Centre
Depositing User: Neophytos Loizides
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2014 15:51 UTC
Last Modified: 08 May 2018 08:45 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/43561 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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