JUDITH LYNN WOODS
Bucerius Fieldwork GrantNaturalized Citizenship and Cross-Border Marriage Migration: The Case of Turkey
Turkey, as a migration destination country, has not been sufficiently studied with regard to marriage migration. Specifically, examining the practices of bureaucrats in charge of making decisions regarding naturalized citizenship allows us to understand the extralegal requirements or understandings of who can become a citizen that may be imposed. By examining migrants' and attorneys' experiences with the process of seeking naturalized citizenship through marriage, we are able to better understand not only how policy changes in Turkey may reflect larger social transformations but whether or not these policy changes and transformations are reflected at the lowest level of the bureaucracy.
Judith Woods is a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations and Political Science at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. She holds a Master’s Degree in Politics and Public Policy in Local Government Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado at Denver.
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