MIGRATION RESEARCH PROGRAM
AT KOÇ UNIVERSITY
CALL FOR RESEARCH PROPOSALS
The Migration Research Program at Koç University (MiReKoc), a jointly initiated grant-giving program by Koç University and the Foundation for Population, Migration, and Environment (a Zurich-based Foundation) invites research proposals on Turkey-related migration issues. MiReKoc, which was established in August 2004, pursues the following aims: developing the research capacity on migration issues in Turkey; providing collaboration among researchers and strengthening Turkish research capacities in these fields; connecting the migration issues in Turkey and in its ‘near abroad’, such as neighboring areas in Europe, Asia and Africa; improving the translation of scholarly migration research findings to the policymaking process; providing a better understanding of how migration issues are interrelated to various social, economic, cultural and political issues of domestic and international, or local and global settings. Providing opportunities for research on migration issues at the theoretical and empirical level from different disciplinary angles, MiReKoc promotes multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research practices. In either case, originality is the main concern being evaluated. Whereas quantitative and qualitative research are considered equally important, the Program encourages the use of the wider diversity of research methods, such as survey research, ethnographic research, fieldwork and archival research. The main disciplines which contribute to the Program are economics, sociology, anthropology, political science, international relations, history, law, demography, urban studies, geography, psychology and education. Within the context of these purposes and concerns cited above, the Program holds an annual competition for research grants. In the 2010-2011 period, MiReKoc holds two types of research grant competition: the “Thematically-open” (T-O) Research Competition and the “Thematically-focused” (T-F) Research Competition. The T-O Research Grant Competition is open to any project on Turkey-related migration issues that fits with MiReKoc’s general mandate of migration research. Accordingly, the Program encourages research proposals on various newly emerging migration topics, as well as on other topics which are already better documented and researched yet require some new inquiry, with clear justifications. As far as the T-F Research Grant Competition is concerned, the Program also encourages the submission of research proposals that particularly address the following issues in the field of migration related research and policymaking. • Xenophobia, human rights and discrimination regarding internal and international migrants in Turkey Both internal and international migration has significant consequences for migrant-receiving communities in Turkey. It is within this context that migrants face particular problems of racism, discrimination and xenophobia in the country. How can we conceptualize and classify xenophobic discrimination, behaviors and actions against internal and international migrants in Turkey? How is it possible to develop intercultural understanding to raise public awareness on anti-discrimination and anti-racism issues in the country? What are the links between racism or xenophobia and immigration or the presence of migrants? How can the rights and dignity of different types of migrants, rural-urban migrants, labour migrants, irregular migrants, transit migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Turkey be protected? • Legal frameworks and policy practices on the immigration and asylum flows in Turkey and the effects of these entry policies and practices on the integration of immigrants in the country Intensifying international migration poses several major policy dilemmas for many societies; most world countries are becoming more multicultural, multiethnic, multireligious and multilingual. What is the relationship between integration policies and the legal framework on international migration and asylum flows in Turkey? What are the main policy dilemmas that challenge international migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Turkey? What are the current problems arising from the implementation of policies on international migration and asylum flows in Turkey? • Return migration from Euro to Turkey Since the beginning of labor migration from Turkey in the early 1960s, the country has faced the return migration of its expatriate citizens. The attention paid by a limited number of scholars to the link between development and migration has highlighted the need to review the phenomena of return migration. In addition to this, return migration in a globalized world often implies a type of circular migration and/or the back-and-forth movement of a floating population. In today’s Turkey, we still need to know who returns, when and why and what the distinctions are between various types of returnees. • Large-scale Demographic Studies in Internal and International Migration For decades, Turkey’s population dynamics have been affected by the various types of internal and international migratory flows. Similarly, these migratory movements have enormous impact over the characteristics of population in the country. Despite the fact that there is a long established linkage between the demographic processes and structures and migratory flows, there is a lack of studies and research in the field, in particular the usage of data from censuses and administrative sources in migration studies remains very limited. Therefore, large-scale demographic studies on internal and international migration will be very functional in migration research in the country. * Turkish citizens who are residents of Turkey are eligible to apply for the grants. Temporary residence outside Turkey does not preclude eligibility. Research proposals may include non-Turkish researchers as co-investigators (any non-Turkish researcher may apply, if s/he collaborates with a Turkish researcher residing in Turkey). The Program language is English. Researchers will be asked to submit their proposals by April 09, 2010, using the MiReKoc Grant Application Form. Researchers may ask suggestions and advice from the MiReKoc Secretariat to improve and resubmit their proposals. After a blind-review process by scholars in the field, the MiReKoc Scientific Advisory Committee will choose the 3-10 best research proposals in terms of scientific contribution, policy relevance and feasibility. The individual research funds will range from a minimum US$5,000 to US$45,000. Researchers have to indicate the possibility of securing additional matching funds from other institutions, including their own, for the project submitted. The funded research projects will be announced in late June, 2010.
For further information, contact the MiReKoc office: MiReKoc, Dept. of International Relations, Koç University, Rumelifeneri Yolu 34450 Sarıyer İstanbul Turkey,
tel: +90 212 338 1635, +90 338 1689,
fax: +90 212 338 1642
or consult our website: http://www.mirekoc.com,