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Migration, the movement of individuals from one location to another, has always been present throughout human history. It varies in its form – between countries or within the same borders – in its causes – because of voluntary decisions or because of external conditions – and in its effects on society – be it social, economic, cultural.

Turkey has a very important relationship with migration, due to both geographic and historic circumstances. Geographically, Turkey is and has been for a long time a bridge-country, a land of reflux and exchange between East and West, Europe and Asia. Because of this strategic location, Turkish history and its political development were bound to be influenced by migration. From fostered and promoted immigration in the first half of...

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