Koc University


Migration Research Center at Koç University (MiReKoc) aims to advance the state of the art in migration research through original and innovative scholarship, academic collaboration, and dialogue between researchers, policy-makers, international organizations and civil society actors. Established in 2004 in Istanbul, MiReKoc evolved from a grant-giving program into an established and reputable research center. MiReKoc conducts and participates in a range of research projects in order to motivate national and international networks and to strengthen research capacity in the field of migration. MiReKoc also organizes international conferences, workshops and seminars to discuss various research agendas in the field of migration. With the objective of connecting the migration debate in Turkey to the ongoing debates and research in different contexts and settings, MiReKoc endeavors to develop collaboration between migration scholars, civil society organizations and policy makers to stimulate dialogue on existing and new research. Since 2011, MiReKoc organizes the annual International Summer School, a flagship program bringing together migration experts from all over the world.


Ahmet İcduygu

Prof. Ahmet İcduygu is Professor at the Department of International Relations and Sociology at Koc University, Istanbul. He is also the Director of the Migration Research Center at Koç (MiReKoc). Icduygu holds a PhD in Demography from the Australian National University. In addition to his own individual research projects, Prof. İçduygu has conducted various research projects for the international organizations such as IOM, UNHCR, EU, OECD and ILO. He teaches on migration studies, theories and practices of citizenship, international organizations, civil society, nationalism and ethnicity, and research methods.

Damla B. Aksel

Dr. Damla B. Aksel (f.) received her MA degree on Public Policy from Science Po Paris in 2009 and her PhD degree on Political Science and International Relations at Koç University in 2016. She has extensive research experience in the field of migration; she participated in different research projects on both incoming migrants to Turkey (i.e. Iraqi, Afghan, sub-Saharan African, Syrian migration), as well as migrants from Turkey living abroad, with topics including migration patterns, accessibility to rights, smuggling and transnationalism.