Consequences of Turkish return migration from Western Europe

Kunuroglu, Filiz, Yagmur, Kutlay, van de Vijver, Fons J.R. and Kroon, Sjaak (2015) Consequences of Turkish return migration from Western Europe. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 49 198-211. doi:10.1016/j.ijintrel.2015.10.004

Author Kunuroglu, Filiz
Yagmur, Kutlay
van de Vijver, Fons J.R.
Kroon, Sjaak
Title Consequences of Turkish return migration from Western Europe
Journal name International Journal of Intercultural Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0147-1767
Publication date 2015-11-09
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2015.10.004
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 49
Start page 198
End page 211
Total pages 14
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Subject 3207 Social Psychology
1403 Business and International Management
3312 Sociology and Political Science
Abstract We studied the consequences of Turkish return migration in the reconstruction of ‘migrant’ identities into ‘almanci’ identities (literally: German-like; a pejorative term denoting Turkish returnees with a German-like identity) using semi-structured, oral interviews among 48 informants. The study uses a qualitative approach and inductive content analysis to get insight into the factors influencing (re) adaptation of Turkish return migrants. On the basis of informants' self-reports, we found that perceived discrimination, cultural distance with mainstream Turks and children-related issues experienced after return emerged as major themes in the returnee's narratives. The research revealed that re-adaptation difficulties varied substantially across generations and the socioeconomic status of the informants. The migration experiences and the acculturation orientations of the migrants in the countries of immigration played essential roles for a successful re-adaptation period. The results are discussed within the framework of two major models, Berry's acculturation model and Sussman's cultural identity model.
Keyword Turkish return migration
Identity reconstruction
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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