Semanur Pekkendir

Semanur Pekkendir Darbaz is a Deputy Researcher at TRT World Research Centre. She received her BA in Comparative Literature and Media Studies from Istanbul Bilgi University and her MSc in Migration, Mobility and Development at SOAS, University of London. Her research interests include Turkish migration and asylum policies, citizenship and integration.
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Protecting the Most Vulnerable: Refugees in Turkey amidst COVID-19

This info-pack outlines Turkey’s ongoing policies and practices to protect vulnerable groups – refugees and migrants – amidst the Covid-19 threat.Various different states across...

The Lion and the Nightingale: A Journey Through Modern Turkey

The Lion and the Nightingale follows the lives of various professionals in Turkey as they seek to navigate the problems faced by the country...

A Troubled Frontier: Understanding the Migrant Crisis on the Turkish-Greek Border

This policy outlook examines the motive of all three parties - Turkey, the refugees and Greece - to understand how things have unfolded after...

TikTok used to fuel anti-Syrian sentiment in Turkey

A trending video in Turkey inaccurately mocks Syrians for being lazy and living off handouts from the government.“Brother I am Syrian, Esad boom-boom, Turkey...

TRT World Forum 2018 Book

The TRT World Forum 2018, a two-day summit organised by the TRT World Research Centre, brought together a wide array of distinguished academics, journalists,...

The refugee crisis is not as Eurocentric as before, but it still exists

It has been three years since the European Union signed the “one in, one out” deal with Turkey on 18 March, 2016. The ongoing...

Syrian refugees in Turkey and the changing concept of Turkish citizenship

Granting citizenship to Syrians in Turkey is a topic of discussion today more than ever before. So far, more than 50,000 Syrians have acquired...

Why the label ‘migrant’ should bother you

Summer 2015 saw the fixation of international media outlets upon "Europe's Migrant Crisis". It was the largest wave of mass-migration that Europe has faced...

Turkey’s Constitutional Reform: A Review of Constitutional History, Current Parliamentary System and Proposed Presidential System

TRT World Research Centre’s report on the constitutional amendment explains what the proposed changes mean for the country’s political future. Discussed in the light...

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