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Deservingness as Transnational Refugee Governance: Queer Asylum Seekers in Turkey (2019-2020)

Author: KOÇAK, Mert
Field of study: Sociology, Anthropology

This working paper scrutinizes the role of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in constructing a transnational matrix of deservingness through which migration authorities differentially and selectively allocate refugee status, refugee rights and resettlement spots. This working paper will also reveal two interconnected effects of the transnational matrix of deservingness; while the matrix gives those deemed deserving incentive to remain immobile in Turkey and construct ‘legal’ subjectivities recognized by transnational refugee governance, the matrix gives those deemed undeserving incentive to be mobile, searching ways out of Turkey since they could not construct their legal subjectivities.

Keywords: deservingness, governance, queer migration, queer refugees, refugeeness, Turkey

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