Dr. İdil Akıncı

Visiting Fellow

  • Short CV

    Current Research

    • Citizenship studies

    • Migration studies

    • Nation-building

    Countries and Regions

    • Arab Gulf States

    • United Arab Emirates

    • Dubai

    Dr. İdil Akıncı

    Visiting Fellow


    GIGA Focus Middle East | 6/2021

    Ageing, Temporary Migrants: Life beyond Retirement in Dubai

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE), while exhibiting one of the highest shares of migrant workers in its national work force globally, has very restrictive immigration policies. In this GIGA Focus, the Author analyses transnational inequalities premised on citizenship and social security in the Global South.

    Dr. İdil Akıncı

    Visiting Fellow

    Research Project | 01/06/2021 - 30/11/2021

    A Different Kind of Refugee: A Case Study of the Emirates’ Syrian Migrants Seeking Citizenship in Europe

    In the absence of access to citizenship rights and permanent residencies in the Gulf States, Syrian migrants of the Gulf are increasingly seeking alternative permanencies elsewhere. Through an ethnography in Berlin and Hamburg, this project aims to explore how Syrians, born and raised in the UAE, navigate the ‘asylum seeking route’ to Western Europe, taking into consideration the situation in Syria and its effects upon their relationship to citizenship and future plans, within the Gulf and Europe. AvH, 2021

    Panelist | 11/01/2022

    Labour Migration in the Gulf – Building Wealth on Precarity


    Dr. İdil Akıncı

    Visiting Fellow


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