Year 2020, Volume 25 , Issue 1, Pages 12 - 34 2020-06-30

Conducting Comparative Migration Research in MENA: Are the Regional Countries too Unique or too Similar for Comparisons of Refugee Policies?

Zeynep ŞAHİN MENCÜTEK [1]


The paper argues that the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are neither too unique nor too similar for conducting comparative migration research. However, the systematic review of three leading journals in the field of migration studies illustrates that comparative studies addressing migration in the region remain scarce. Relying on a review of the literature and interviews with scholars conducting comparative migration research in the MENA region, this paper contends that an examination of the countries located in MENA, which are subject to the same forced mass migration situation during the same time period, is advantageous for comparative analysis. Despite these advantages, however, making comparisons within regions is a very challenging scholarly endeavor due to intraregional variations, the rapidly changing security, political and policy environment in the regional countries, and the lack of adequate research institutions and funding supporting large-scale research. In addition to identifying advantages and challenges, this paper discusses how scholars make decisions about what to compare and how to compare in studying migration in, from and through MENA. The article also provides concrete empirical examples that address policy patterns, changes over time and drivers of refugee governance by comparing the cases of Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.
Middle East and North Africa, comparative migration, refugee policies, case selection, methodology
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Primary Language en
Subjects Political Science
Journal Section Articles
Authors

Orcid: 0000-0002-6676-8579
Author: Zeynep ŞAHİN MENCÜTEK
Institution: RYERSON UNIVERSITY
Country: Canada


Dates

Publication Date : June 30, 2020

Bibtex @research article { perception769624, journal = {PERCEPTIONS: Journal of International Affairs}, issn = {1300-8641}, eissn = {2651-3315}, address = {perceptions@mfa.gov.tr}, publisher = {Stratejik Araştırmalar Merkezi Başkanlığı, T.C Dışişleri Bakanlığı}, year = {2020}, volume = {25}, pages = {12 - 34}, doi = {}, title = {Conducting Comparative Migration Research in MENA: Are the Regional Countries too Unique or too Similar for Comparisons of Refugee Policies?}, key = {cite}, author = {Şahin Mencütek, Zeynep} }
APA Şahin Mencütek, Z . (2020). Conducting Comparative Migration Research in MENA: Are the Regional Countries too Unique or too Similar for Comparisons of Refugee Policies? . PERCEPTIONS: Journal of International Affairs , 25 (1) , 12-34 . Retrieved from https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/perception/issue/56044/769624
MLA Şahin Mencütek, Z . "Conducting Comparative Migration Research in MENA: Are the Regional Countries too Unique or too Similar for Comparisons of Refugee Policies?" . PERCEPTIONS: Journal of International Affairs 25 (2020 ): 12-34 <https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/perception/issue/56044/769624>
Chicago Şahin Mencütek, Z . "Conducting Comparative Migration Research in MENA: Are the Regional Countries too Unique or too Similar for Comparisons of Refugee Policies?". PERCEPTIONS: Journal of International Affairs 25 (2020 ): 12-34
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ISNAD Şahin Mencütek, Zeynep . "Conducting Comparative Migration Research in MENA: Are the Regional Countries too Unique or too Similar for Comparisons of Refugee Policies?". PERCEPTIONS: Journal of International Affairs 25 / 1 (June 2020): 12-34 .
AMA Şahin Mencütek Z . Conducting Comparative Migration Research in MENA: Are the Regional Countries too Unique or too Similar for Comparisons of Refugee Policies?. PERCEPTIONS. 2020; 25(1): 12-34.
Vancouver Şahin Mencütek Z . Conducting Comparative Migration Research in MENA: Are the Regional Countries too Unique or too Similar for Comparisons of Refugee Policies?. PERCEPTIONS: Journal of International Affairs. 2020; 25(1): 12-34.
IEEE Z. Şahin Mencütek , "Conducting Comparative Migration Research in MENA: Are the Regional Countries too Unique or too Similar for Comparisons of Refugee Policies?", PERCEPTIONS: Journal of International Affairs, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 12-34, Jun. 2020