Citizenship and Naturalization among Turkish Skilled Migrants


Citizenship and Naturalization among Turkish Skilled Migrants By Deniz Yetkin Aker | Published: 10 November 2020 [Migration Series: 20] | Paperback: ISBN: 978-1-912997-52-7 | Buy at Amazon | Digital: Read on Kindle | Read on GooglePlay | Read on CEEOL


Citizenship and Naturalization Cover Photo by Francesca Tirico |

Citizenship and Naturalization among Turkish Skilled Migrants 

By Deniz Yetkin Aker

Published: 10 November 2020 [Migration Series: 20]

Paperback: ISBN: 978-1-912997-52-7 | Buy at Amazon
Digital: Read on Kindle | Read on GooglePlay | Read on CEEOL

This study focuses on three main questions: What does citizenship mean for immigrants? Why do some immigrants decide to acquire host countries’ citizenship while others do not? Do citizenship and migration policies of countries (such as Canada and Germany) are related to the decision-making process of immigrants? More specifically, the objective of the study is to investigate high-skilled and business Turkish immigrants (HSBTI) who moved to Germany and Canada between 2000 and 2010. It is expected that immigrants’ naturalization decisions and conceptualization of citizenship are related to countries’ migration and citizenship policy approaches (such as restricted or multiculturalist). With respect to high-skilled and business Turkish immigrants, this study put forwards the view that host country citizenship and migration policy (whether it is restricted or multicultural); economic, social and political benefits and costs of host country’s citizenship; and individuals’ conceptualization of citizenship (as a sense of belonging or commodity) influence their naturalization decisions.


  • CHAPTER ONE. A Conceptual Framework on Citizenship and Naturalization
  • CHAPTER TWO. Migration and Citizenship Acquisition in Canada, Germany, and Turkey
  • CHAPTER THREE. Conceptualization of Citizenship: A Comparative Analysis
  • CHAPTER FOUR. Reasons For Citizenship Acquisition: A Comparative Analysis
  • CHAPTER FIVE. Conclusions
  • Appendix 1: Interview Questions
  • Appendix 2. List of the  Case Summaries
  • Appendix 3. List of the Legal Documents

About the Author

Deniz Yetkin Aker, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administrations at Namık Kemal University, in Tekirdağ, Turkey. Her main research interests are International Migration and Citizenship.


Cover Design: Nihal Yazgan

Cover Image: Photo by Francesca Tirico |

Product Details:

Migration Series: 20
ISBN: 978-1-912997-52-7
Publisher: Transnational Press London
Published: 10 November 2020
Language: English
Pages: 99
Binding: Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink: Black & white
Weight (approx.): 0.35 kg
Dimensions (approx.): 15.2cm wide x 22.9cm tall

Additional information

Weight 0.35 kg




Interior Ink

Black and White

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