Restricting Turkish marriage migration? National policy, couples’ coping strategies and international obligations

Keywords: Marriage migration, migration policy, coping strategies, The Netherlands, Turkish migrants


Marriage migration has become the most common form of immigration from Turkey to the Netherlands. The Dutch government increasingly pursues restrictive admission policies for the immigration of partners from non-EU countries. This article shows that the tightened income and age restrictions were to some extent successful in limiting Turkish marriage migration. It is also demonstrated, however, that the power of the state to control this migration flow is constrained by two main factors: coping strategies of Turkish couples and international obligations, including the Association Agreement.


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