Kamyar Jarahzadeh Humanities and Social Science
Identity at the Fringes of Citizenship: Experiences of Afghan Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Turkey
Turkey is home to a population of 17,000 Afghan refugeesa number which is projected to double by the end of the year. Afghan refugees travel to Turkey fleeing violence and economic hardships, only to find themselves struggling to subsist while navigating a convoluted resettlement process. My project is an ethnographic study of their experiences and interactions within their communities, and with state and non-state actors. Findings will be generated with participant observation and interviewing of Afghan refugees currently in Turkey. The project will explore what citizenship means for displaced peoples in an increasingly globalized world. I hope to reveal how international refugee policy affects lives on the ground, and reveal how state and non-state actors interact when dealing with a single population.