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ERIC Number: EJ747441
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0022-1341
Gecekondu Settlements in Turkey: Rural-Urban Migration in the Developing European Periphery
Tas, Halil I.; Lightfoot, Dale R.
Journal of Geography, v104 n6 p263-271 2005
Squatter settlements or "shanty towns" are often viewed as a problem confined to poorer countries of the developing world. Turkey is centered neither in the impoverished Third World nor the industrialized West, but has experienced rapid urban growth and related modernizing social tensions attendant with its headlong pitch into the European Union (E.U.) and European affairs. This article considers Turkey's urban poverty and unauthorized settlements within the broader agenda of the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) and the wider region of Europe, and offers a regional study for geography educators focused on National Geography Standards for places, migration and settlement. The "gecekondu," Turkey's version of a squatter town, offers a case study on the causes, effects, and regional patters of urban growth in a country with European ambitions yet still shaped by developing rural-to-urban migration.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey