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Title: EU enlargement and Turkish labour migration
Author: Oğuz, Gönül
ISNI:       0000 0004 2717 0878
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2010
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The last two waves of enlargement of the European Union (EU) in May 2004 and July 2007 have refuelled the debate about Turkey's admission to the Union. The likelihood is that if significant labour movement takes place from these new accession countries to the EU, severe, even unbearable strains will be put on Turkey, because its population continues to expand unchecked, without the necessary growth of the national economy to prevent massive unemployment. The objective of this analysis is to study the effects of the Southern and more recently, the Eastern enlargement of the EU on the free movement of Turkish labour. At the' same time, the European Community's (EC) experiences with past enlargements to integrate economies, which had much in common with Turkey, can serve as an indicator as to what would happen if the Turks were granted free access to the EU. The thesis demonstrates that before the Southern enlargement, there were fears within the old EC countries that there would be massive waves of migration from the new member states which failed to materialise to the extent predicted. A detailed comparison of demographic, social, economic and educational data suggests that the same would hold true if the Turks were allowed free movement into the EU. notwithstanding persistent cultural (especially religious) differences.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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