Guest Speaker: Nicolas Parent, researcher at the Observatory for Human Rights and Forced Migrants in Turkey
From Turkey’s 2011 open-door policy to the aftermath of the 2015 European migration crisis, this seminar will explore political discourse and evolving migration policies in Turkey and Europe. With the use of perspectives anchored in geography, sociology and law, it will be argued that transformations in this regional migration regime have produced a condition where the fate of Syrian migrants is increasingly uncertain.
A graduate of the Master’s program in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management at the University of Leicester, Nicolas Parent produced a distinction-level thesis titled Syrian refugee inflow and risk perception in Izmir, Turkey: Understanding Turkish attitudes through the evaluation of cultural cognition. Whilst living in Turkey for the last four years, he established Praxis Initiative, an educational project for Izmir’s migrant community, and actively contributed to the work of organisations such as WatchTheMed, AreYouSyrious? and the Association for Solidarity with Refugees (Mülteci-Der). Nicolas is currently a researcher at the Observatory for Human Rights and Forced Migrants in Turkey.