Posts Tagged ‘integration policies’

thesis topic brainstorm

nowadays i am trying to write my thesis. most of the time procrastinating. i do not remember if i wrote about my thesis topic before. today i wanted to write a section on the refugee integration policies of the ottoman empire. i was planning to write about the Muhacirin Komisyonu, Emigrant/Refugee Commission, which was formed by the Ottoman government to deal with the outburst of refugees coming mostly from ex-Ottoman territories.

Now i am going to do some brainstorming, just to relax myself before i start writing.

This commission was formed in 1860. and lasted only couple of years. ottoman state thought that refugee flows would stop, after the crimean war. but many refugees continued coming. so, this commission was re-established under a different name. more active this time. they provided with many kinds of aid to the refugees. not just the financial aid. food and subsidy were given to them. empty lands were given for the agriculturalists. news houses were built for them. refugee children were sent to schools. the local people were expected to participate in all these activities of helping the newcomers. without their participation this would have been impossible, i think.

according to some historians of ottoman empire, formation of this commission and immigration-integration policies of the ottoman empire was very professional and modern attempts of dealing with refugees compared to other states of the time. these ottoman policies were there even before the establishment of unchr (united nations high commissioner for refugees). so, they argue, the ottomans were the pioneers of this field.

do I agree?

don’t know. i do not think that there was a conscious systematic long term policy making. the ottoman officials acted mostly in a pragmatic way.