IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

Acculturation attitudes and urban-related identity of internal migrants in three largest cities of Turkey


  • Melek Goregenli

    () (Department of Psychology, Ege University, 35100, Bornova, Izmir, Turkey)

  • Pelin Karakus

    () (Department of Psychology at Ege University, 35100, Bornova, Izmir, Turkey)

  • Cemil Gokten

    () (Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia)


This present study explored the acculturation strategies and urban related identity of Turk and Kurd internal migrants moved from different regions of Turkey to Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. In terms of acculturation strategies, assimilation was found to be the most preferred acculturation attitude among Turks whereas separation was found to be most endorsed acculturation attitude among Kurds. Concerning urban-related identity mean scores, Turks reported higher urban-related identity scores than Kurds. Furthermore the internal migrants in Izmir reported higher urban-related identity score than the migrants living in Istanbul and Ankara. The results of the hierarchical multiple regression analysis revealed that gender, length of residence and migration type were the significant predictors of integration preference of Kurds.

Suggested Citation

  • Melek Goregenli & Pelin Karakus & Cemil Gokten, 2016. "Acculturation attitudes and urban-related identity of internal migrants in three largest cities of Turkey," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 13(3), pages 427-442, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:13:y:2016:i:3:p:427-442

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:13:y:2016:i:3:p:427-442. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (TPLondon). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.