This study explores the conflict of interests in Istanbul’s Kumkapi district between the Kurdish migrants from Eastern/South Eastern Anatolia and the African asylum seekers. While the survey with the Kurdish citizens reveal the assumptions and attitudes about the African asylum seekers in the area, in-depth interviews conducted with the Africans reveal their ideas about the locals and specific difficulties faced as black people in Turkey. The analysis of Kumkapi research shows frequent examples of xeno-racism (a peculiar combination of racism and xenophobia) as a result of the conflict. Therefore, the article aims to portray the internal migrants residing at Kumkapi area both as victims and perpetrators, while expressing their complaints and reactions. Regarding the increasing number of asylum seekers and refugees in Turkey, in order to prevent the problems spread, permanent solutions will be offered and discussed.
Keywords: Internal migration, international migration, illegal migration, asylum seekers, Africa, Xeno-racism, Turkey.
Publication Date : August 31, 2015
|EndNote||%0 International E-Journal of Advances in Social Sciences AT THE CROSSROAD OF INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL MIGRATION: CONFLICT OF INTERESTS IN KUMKAPI %A Ayşe Gür Geden %T AT THE CROSSROAD OF INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL MIGRATION: CONFLICT OF INTERESTS IN KUMKAPI %D 2015 %J IJASOS- International E-journal of Advances in Social Sciences %P 2411-183X-2411-183X %V 1 %N 2 %R doi: 10.18769/ijasos.01507 %U 10.18769/ijasos.01507|