Networking, Belonging, and Identity: Highly Skilled Turkish Immigrants in Halifax and Toronto

This thesis is an exploratory work on the migration and settlement experiences of highly skilled Turkish migrants who have settled in Canada. It is a qualitative study conducted with sixteen immigrant respondents living in Halifax and Toronto. The focus of this work is the role of networks in shaping these migrants’ migration routes, developing belongings and reworking identities. While it is feminist theory that informs this study, I use intersectional theory as the theoretical framework. Results suggest that social class was not only a central factor that influenced these migrants’ experiences but it also affected the interplay between ethnicity and gender. The findings are analyzed with the help of current literature on globalization and international migration theories. The similarities and differences between the Halifax and Toronto respondents are also highlighted in order to inform provincial and national policies.

Serperi Sevgur
Degree: MA
Status: Completed
Supervisor: Evie Tastsoglou
Department and University: Department of International Development Studies, Dalhousie University
Link to completed thesis