Turkish Immigrants’ Hopes and Fears Around Return Migration

International Migration, 50 (1): 3-19, 2012

17 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2013

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Aysem Şenyürekli

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Cecilia Menjívar

Department of Sociology

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

This paper seeks to understand the process by which immigrants decide whether or not to return to their home countries. It aims to analyse the potential for return migration rather than the actual migration process. Empirically, it is based on the narratives of 30 Turkish immigrants living in the United States. The findings indicate that: (1) multiple controllable and uncontrollable, micro- and macro-level factors in both the home and the host countries interact over time to tip the scales towards – or away from – return migration; and (2) most immigrants live in a perpetual state of ambivalence about whether or not to engage in return migration. These findings are discussed, and implications are presented for both practice and policy.

Keywords: Turkish immigrants, return migration, host country, home country, United States, Turkey

Suggested Citation

Şenyürekli, Aysem and Menjívar, Cecilia, Turkish Immigrants’ Hopes and Fears Around Return Migration (2012). International Migration, 50 (1): 3-19, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2333051

Aysem Şenyürekli

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ( email )

420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Cecilia Menjívar (Contact Author)

Department of Sociology ( email )

Lawrence, KS 66045-7585
United States

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