Aysen Üstübici Önay

Period of the Fellowship

December 2017 - July 2018

Project title

The effects of the internationalization of the refugee issue with a focus on Turkey

Project description

As an IPC Fellow at SWP, she examines the effects of the internationalization of the refugee issue with a focus on Turkey.
Turkey is an indispensable partner for Europe’s Foreign and Security Policy. The IPC-Mercator Fellowship program at SWP aims at closing gaps in the research on Turkey and strives to enrich the political debate on Turkey and its region at the German and the European level. The program invites academics from Turkey or with close working relations to Turkey to conduct research while being actively involved in policy consulting. So doing, the IPC-Stiftung Mercator Fellows gain insight in policy making in Germany and Europe.

Short biography

Aysen Üstübici is an Assistant Professor at Koc University Department of Political Science and Department of Sociology. Her areas of interest are international migration, irregular migration, social and public policy, informal labour market and gender studies. Her book “The Governance of International Migration: Irregular Migrants’ Access to Right to Stay in Turkey and Morocco”. (University of Amsterdam) is in print. The book compares irregular migration regimes from the perspective of state and non-state actors and their impact on migrant incorporation in Turkey and Morocco. Her academic focus is on local integration of urban refugees in Istanbul as well as on the wider impact of externalization of border policies. She has published articles in journals like Geopolitics, new perspectives on Turkey, Migration and Development.