Adaptation of Syrian Refugees into Turkish Culture: Does language proficiency in Turkish help?

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Karatepe Ç., Dal T.

in: Theory and Research in Social, Human and Administrative Sciences, Erdem Sarıkaya, Editor, Gece Kitaplığı, Ankara, pp.165-184, 2020

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Vocational Book
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Publisher: Gece Kitaplığı
  • City: Ankara
  • Page Numbers: pp.165-184
  • Editors: Erdem Sarıkaya, Editor
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


Turkey and Syria share a long border which measures 822 km

(Karipek, 2017). The relationship between these two countries has a long

history. However, first-hand contact between Turkish citizens and Syrian

citizens used to be limited to the population living in the border towns,

such as Hatay and Mardin. When the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011,

millions of Syrians fled their country and took refuge in Turkey (ORSAM

and TESEV Report, 2015). The refugees flooded border towns, and this

influx of needy people stretched health and educational services beyond

their limits (Karatepe, 2019; Yıldırım, Komşuoğlu and Özekmekçi, 2019).