Diaspora diplomacy

The politics of Turkish emigration to Europe

By Ayca Arkilic

Diaspora diplomacy


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4868-1
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: May 2022
  • BIC Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Immigration, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy, Society & social sciences / International relations, Society & social sciences / Migration, immigration & emigration, Society & social sciences / Diplomacy, Turkey, Politics, International Relations, The Cold War, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
  • Series: Key Studies in Diplomacy


Since the early 2000s, Turkey has shown an unprecedented interest in its diaspora. This book provides the first in-depth examination of the institutionalisation of Turkey's diaspora engagement policy since the Justice and Development Party's rise to power in 2002, the Turkish diaspora's new role as an agent of diplomatic goals, and how Turkey's growing sphere of influence affects intra-diaspora politics and diplomatic relations with Europe. The book is based on fieldwork in Turkey, France and Germany, and interviews conducted with diaspora organisation leaders and policymakers.

Diasporas have become transformative for relations at the state-to-state level and blur the division between the domestic and the foreign. A case study of Turkey's diasporas is significant at a time when emigrants from Turkey form the largest Muslim community in Europe and when issues of diplomacy, migration and citizenship have become more salient than ever.


1 Introduction
2 'From guest workers to brothers and sisters': The transformation of Turkey's diaspora engagement policies
3 'You are our ambassadors': Turkey's changing relations with its diaspora in France
4 'The creation of a new Turkey will start in Germany': Turkey's changing relations with its diaspora in Germany
5 'Selective engagement': Mobilising a fragmented diaspora and the limits of diaspora diplomacy
6 'Let us learn from them': France's response to Turkey's changing relations with its diaspora
7 'Islam does not belong to Germany': Germany's response to Turkey's changing relations with its diaspora
8 Conclusion


Ayca Arkilic is a Lecturer in Political Science and International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington

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