Sign up for our Email Newsletter Berghahn Books Logo

berghahn New York · Oxford

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Instagram
Turks in Europe: From Guest Worker to Transnational Citizen

View Table of Contents

Email Newsletters

Sign up for our email newsletters to get customized updates on new Berghahn publications.

Click here to select your preferences

Turks in Europe

From Guest Worker to Transnational Citizen

Nermin Abadan-Unat
Translated from German by Caterine Campion
With a Foreword by Stephen Castles, University of Sydney and Oxford University

318 pages, 26 illus., 53 tables bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-425-8 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (May 2011)

Hb View cartYour country: United States - Click here to remove geolocation   Recommend to your Library Available in GOBI®


“The cogency of the book is due to two exceptional qualities: the unrivalled hands-on information of the author and the outstanding longitudinal perspective she has accumulated through the decades…an excellent genealogy of Turkish migration. It is a must-have reference book for scholars, students and practitioners interested in Turkish migration to Europe.” • Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law

“…an invaluable reference work for scholars in the social sciences and the humanities.” • Journal of Contemporary European Studies

Anyone who has studied international migration to Western Europe should be familiar with Nermin Abadan-Unat, who has been a central figure in charting Turkish labor migration to Germany, the Netherlands, France, and other European countries since the early 1960s. In addition, she has made major contributions to the broader social sciences. She is especially known for her research on the position of women—in Turkey, in international migration, and in processes of social development… Her many books and scientific articles span the social sciences, and this has given her the ability to make linkages and to unravel complex processes of development, modernization, and globalization. From the Foreword


One of the foremost scholars on Turkish migration, the author offers in this work the summary of her experiences and research on Turkish migration since 1963. During these forty years her aim has been threefold: to explain the journeys made by thousands of Turkish men and women to foreign lands out of choice, necessity, or invitation; to shed light on the difficulties they faced; and to elaborate on how their lives were affected by the legal, political, social, and economic measures in the countries where they settled. The extensive research done both in Turkey and in Europe into the lives of individuals directly and indirectly affected by the migration phenomenon and the examination of these research results further enhances the value of this wide-ranging study as a definitive reference work.

Nermin Abadan-Unat graduated from Istanbul Law Faculty in 1944 and then pursued graduate studies at the University of Minnesota. She has taught at both Ankara University and Istanbul University and served as a visiting professor at the University of Munich, The City University of New York, Denver University, Georgetown University, and the University of California at Los Angeles. At present she teaches at Bog˘aziçi University. Her publications in English include Turkish Workers in Europe (1976) with R. Keles¸ et al., Migration and Development (1976), and Women in Turkish Society (1981).

Subject: Refugee and Migration Studies
Area: Europe


List of Illustrations
List of Tables

Foreword to the German Edition

Foreword to the English Edition
by Stephen Castles

A Note on the Text


Chapter 1. Phases of Turkish Emigration

  • 1950s Individual Enterprise
  • 1960s State Controlled “Surplus Labor Export”
  • 1970s Stop of Recruitment Amnesty for Illegal Workers Unification of Families
  • 1980s Child Education Growth of Associations Rise in Demands for Asylum
  • 1990s New Foreigners Law Xenophobia Identity Debates
  • Transfer of Currency and Savings
  • Village Development Cooperatives
  • Worker Investment Companies

Chapter 2. Turkish Migration to the Middle East and Russia

  • Characteristics of Middle East Countries
  • Turkish Labor Flow to the Middle East
  • Migration to CIS Countries and Russia

Chapter 3. Empirical Research

  • a)1963 West Germany Survey
  • b)1975 Boğazliyan Research: Migration and Development

Chapter 4. Migrant Women

  • Women’s Economic Participation and Control of the Family Budget
  • Effect of Migration on Women in the Homeland
  • Marriage Migration
  • Internationalization of Honor killings

Chapter 5. Education of Second- and Third-Generation Migrants

  • Family Reunification and Children
  • Allowances

Chapter 6. Civil Society and Islam

  • Islamic Associations
  • Federation of European Alevite Unions (AABF)
  • Accommodation of Islamic claims
  • Headscarf Issue
  • Islamophobia and Euro-Islam
  • Institutionalization vs. Individualization of Islam

Chapter 7. Ethnic Communities and Ethnic Business

  • Migration and Changing Paradigms
  • Ethnic Communities
  • Ethnic Enterprises

Chapter 8. Citizenship and Political Participation

  • Naturalization
  • Forms of Political Participation in Selected European Countries
  • Political Associations of Migrants

Chapter 9. Political and Economic Asylum Movements and Xenophobia

  • Political and Economic Asylum Movements: Xenophobia
  • Migration and Asylum in Post-1980 Germany
  • Xenophobia and Enmity towards Foreigners
  • Xenophobic behavior directed at Turks
  • Asylum Seekers from Turkey and Their Organizations
  • Kurdish Organizations in Germany
  • Migrants, Asylum Seekers, and Diaspora
  • Media consumption habits among Euro-Turks
  • Preference for visual media

Chapter 10. Attitudes to the EU: Euro-Turks and Eurosceptics

  • Homeland and the Host Country
  • Integration/Assimilation
  • Formation of New Identities
  • Turkish Public Opinion and the EU: the Eurosceptics

Chapter 11. Globalization, Migration, and the Nation-State

  • Control of Differences
  • Multiculturalism
  • Transnational Communities
  • Globalization, Migration and Paradoxes
  • Outlook


Selected Bibliography

Back to Top

Library Recommendation Form

Dear Librarian,

I would like to recommend Turks in Europe From Guest Worker to Transnational Citizen for the library. Please include it in your next purchasing review with my strong recommendation. The RRP is: $135.00

I recommend this title for the following reasons:

BENEFIT FOR THE LIBRARY: This book will be a valuable addition to the library's collection.

REFERENCE: I will refer to this book for my research/teaching work.

STUDENT REFERRAL: I will regularly refer my students to the book to assist their studies.

OWN AFFILIATION: I am an editor/contributor to this book or another book in the Series (where applicable) and/or on the Editorial Board of the Series, of which this volume is part.