Limits to Regulating Irregular Migration in Turkey: What Constrains Public Policy and Why?
1468-3849 (Print)1743-9663 (Online)
Taylor & Francis
442 - 457
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Ozcurumez, S., & Yetkın, D. (2014). Limits to Regulating Irregular Migration in Turkey: What Constrains Public Policy and Why?. Turkish Studies, 15(3), 442-457.
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Turkey, similar to its counterparts in emerging markets, has been aiming to reduce irregular migration effectively and comprehensively with various sets of policies since the 1990s. However, the number of undocumented migrants continues to increase and unregistered foreign employment is as high as ever. This study aims to explain the reasons underlying this conundrum by focusing on the nature of the policies adopted and the characteristics of the target population relying on data collected on a sample of unregistered foreign workers in the textile sector in Istanbul. It argues that the reasons for the limited effectiveness of the policies is attributable to structural factors such as inherent problems with the existing policies for regulating irregular migration and preferences as well as the behavior of the unregistered foreign workers and their employers.