Date of Graduation

Fall 12-14-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS)


College of Arts and Sciences


International Studies

First Advisor

Lindsay Gifford


The Syrian conflict, which was initiated as a pro-democratic movement against Bashar Assad’s government, has displaced millions of people both internally and externally. Since the beginning of the conflict, 6.6 million people are internally displaced, while 5.6 million people seek refuge in other countries. Many Syrians scattered to neighboring countries, principally Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt. Turkey, who shares the longest borderline with Syria, hosts 63 percent of the total number of Syrian refugees, currently at more than 3.5 million (UNHCR, 2018b). However, Turkey as the country with the highest number of refugees in the world does not legally recognize Syrians as refugees. The prolonged stay of Syrians in Turkey, on the other hand, undermines the success of temporary protection and emphasizes the importance of long-term planning and integration policies. Considering that half of the refugee population are children, the education of refugee children is an important step for the overall integration of refugees and their future in the host country. The purpose of this paper is to examine current policies and problems on the integration and education of Syrians in Turkey, in order to provide an informed perspective on how to integrate Syrian refugees in Turkey via education.