Current Research

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Experiences of Syrian Refugees with Language Instruction

Principal Investigator: Maissam Nimer

Funder: Mercator- Istanbul Policy Center

 

Overview: This research project aims to examine the role of language instruction in the integration process of Syrian refugees in Turkey with regards to language instruction through a systematic review of literature, interviews with stakeholders and participant observations. It also examines the migrants’ experiences, agency and trajectories in the process of language acquisition through in-depth interviews with refugees.

 

Language Instruction for Syrian Adaptation to National Context (LISAN)

Principal Investigator: Maissam Nimer

Funder: Koc University – Seed Fund

Overview: This research project aims to examine the role of language instruction in the integration process of Syrian refugees to the Turkish context to make recommendations about how the delivery, availability and accessibility of language instruction can be improved, and lead to education and employment.

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Integration and Well-Being of Syrian Youth in Turkey

Funder: The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) & Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) UK & Volkswagen Stiftung Foundation

Principal Investigators: Ahmet İçduygu (MiReKoc), Rebecca Bryant (Utrecht University)

Researchers: Amal Abdulla (Koç), Birce Altıok (Koç), Maya Mamish (LSE), Maissam Nimer (Koç), Ayşen Üstübici (Koç)

Overview: The joint project of Koc University – MiReKoc and London School of Economic (LSE) – The European Institute aims at assessing the needs of youth and at developing concrete organisational and policy suggestions for social and economic integration. The project assesses their backgrounds, including educational level and skills; their educational, work, and their visions of the future. It is based on a mixed methods approach, including structured and semi-structured interviews, ethnographic fieldwork, and desktop research.

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