Evidence-based assessment of migration deals: the case of Turkey


This research project provides a critical assessment of collaborations on mixed migration flows between Europe and migrant sending countries. In the context of increasing asylum and migration flows we observe an important policy move towards partnerships between EU countries and sending countries. The focus of this project is on readmission agreements with Turkey, but with new deals in the making the results of this project will be of wider use and value for European policymakers. At its core, the EU Turkey deals aim to reduce irregular migration, decrease smuggling and human right violations and migrant deaths. In exchange, EU Member States promised to increase resettlement of Syrian refugees residing in Turkey, accelerate visa liberalization for Turkish nationals, and boost existing financial support for Turkey’s refugee population. This project will focus on the effects of the deals. How did the deal transform mixed migration flows and people’s reliance on human smugglers therein? What has been the impact of the deal on resettlement from Turkey to Europe? Field research (document analysis and interviews with forced returnees and migrants on the move) will be conducted to come up with evidence based insights on the implementation and the effects of the deal.


Professional publication

Publication meant for a broad audience


Project number

W 08.400.153

Main applicant

Dr. I.C. van Liempt

Affiliated with

Universiteit Utrecht, Faculteit Geowetenschappen, Departement Sociale Geografie en Planologie

Team members

Dr. J. Alpes, Dr. I.C. van Liempt, Drs. O. Ulusoy, Prof. dr. E.B. Zoomers


01/05/2017 to 31/10/2017