Hasan GURGUR, Osman COLAKLIOGLU, Emrah AKKAYA, Tezcan CAVUSOGLU, Abdullah GENC, Hulya CEREN TUTUK, and Merve KAYMAZ
Anadolu University, Eskisehir, TURKEY
Purpose: Syrian Children with Temporary Protection Status (SCTPS) may suffer more than others in such protection. In this regard, examining the news can be deemed as effective way to identify the needs in integrating SCTPS into Turkish society. This study aimed to examine which educational opportunities are covered for Syrian children aged 0-18 in Turkish daily newspapers. Research Methods: The research was designed as a case study based on document analysis. The online archives of the top five Turkish newspapers were analysed. The inductive analysis revealed three main themes: Educational Activities, Improving Quality of Education and Access to Education. Findings: Results yielded that the Turkish Republic has made positive efforts to support SCTPS in inclusive education. However, stated in the news that legal regulations and field studies conducted by the Ministry of National Education (MoNE) are not enough to warrant these efforts’ systematicity and continuity. Implications for Research and Practice: It may be advisable for press organs to host more official and unofficial news stories to help create a more positive perception of SCTPS. Such news on the front page would surely draw more attention and be more influential for guiding society. Finally, press organs can evoke a positive perception within the society by explicitly focusing on publishing positive research results.
Keywords: Migration, Refugees, Syrian children, temporary protection status, integration.