Top-down naturalization: Turkish government propensity and Syrian refugee attitudes

Abedtalas, Musallam / Wissam Aldien Aloklah / Abdulhamid Alawak / Abdulnaser Aljasem / Rohat Sheikh Esmaeel Zada
External Publications (2021)

in: Journal of Social and Development Sciences 12 (2), 45-57

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Naturalization takes place at the intersection between a host government's propensity to give citizenship and refugees' attitudes towards it. However, the naturalization of Syrian refugees, with its top-down approach, shows the possibility of a divergence between a government’s propensity and refugees’ attitudes, and that divergence may spoil the expected benefits. This study questions the factors that determine government propensity and refugees' attitude, besides the convergence and divergence between them. The regressions have been estimated using data collected from a sample of 296 Syrian students at Mardin University, Turkey. The findings of this study revealed a contradiction between attitude and propensity, although they share factors of education and the hosting context. While the indications of social and cultural integration have a positive effect on attitudes, they do not affect propensity. Besides the contextual factors of hosting province shape attitude and propensity. Moreover, the most important factor in deciding attitude is the perception of the costs and benefits of naturalization.

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