publication . Article . Other literature type . 2014

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

D. Stefanovic; N. Loizides; S. Parsons;
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  • Published: 09 Oct 2014
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
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 edu...
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free text keywords: J, JN, Internally displaced person, Sociology, Development economics, Turkish, language.human_language, language, Forced migration, Survey data collection, Social capital, Gender studies, Conventional wisdom, Displaced person, Perception, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common
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