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

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  • 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)

Abstract

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.

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  • 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
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