State, non-governmental and international organizations in the possible peace process in Turkey's conflict-induced displacement
Çelik, Ayşe Betül (2013) State, non-governmental and international organizations in the possible peace process in Turkey's conflict-induced displacement. Journal of Refugee Studies, 26 (1). pp. 1-25. ISSN 0951-6328 (Print) 1471-6925 (Online)
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jrs/fer057
Turkey has experienced several different internal migration periods since its foundation in 1923. However, the internal displacement of the 1990s brought to the forefront the divergent discussions on whether this wave of internal displacement can be approached from a traditional developmentalist approach or whether critical issues pertaining to the Kurdish Question also need to be addressed, requiring a broader understanding of what peace means to IDPs and different actors. This article studies these two approaches which are taken by the Turkish state, local non-governmental organizations and international organizations. It discusses Turkey's internal displacement issue and Kurdish Question and analyses these actors' different perspectives on the policies related to the areas affected by the conflict, and to addressing internal displacement. It argues that internal displacement is an important issue to be addressed in peace processes. Without acknowledging different perspectives presented by different actors neither peace nor development is possible.
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