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Migration: Regional: Turkey
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Turkey has become a receiver of legal and illegal migrants, particularly women, as a result of the political and economic turmoil in the regions surrounding it since the 1990s. Every year, thousands of people – mostly women – enter Turkey from post-Soviet republics and overstay their tourist visas in order to engage in informal wage work, sex work, or small-scale trade.

Women from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, and the Ukraine enter Turkey in search of informal work in small-scale production (for example garment…

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Yükseker, Hatice Deniz, “Migration: Regional: Turkey”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0274f>
First published online: 2009

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