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Political Party Representation of Anti-Immigration Attitudes: The Case of Turkey

This project, coordinated by Ezgi Elci, from ÖzU International Relations department and funded by  Heinrich Boll Stiftung Foundation analyzes party competition dynamics over the immigration issue in Turkey since 2016. Receiving more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees since 2011, Turkey stands as an understudied case in testing political party representation of popular attitudes towards immigrants. In the context of the European Union member states, the rise of anti-immigration attitudes among the electorate strengthened populist radical right parties, transformed mainstream politics, and significantly contributed to democratic backsliding. The case of Turkey stands as an anomaly to this pattern. You can access the project report here.