Dynamics of Child Marriages among Syrian and Afghan Refugees in Turkey

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Öztürk A. B. , Albayrak H. , Aslan H., Karataş K.

Atatürk Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi, vol.25, no.1, pp.251-269, 2021 (National Refreed University Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 25 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Title of Journal : Atatürk Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi
  • Page Numbers: pp.251-269


In this research, dynamics of child marriages among Syrian refugees who are in temporary protection status in Turkey, and the refugee communities who immigrated from Afghanistan were analyzed from the viewpoint of professionals working in the fields related with child welfare. Qualitative research design was applied, focus group interviews with 47 professionals and in-depth interviews with six professionals were conducted. The dynamics of child marriages were analyzed with themes of marriage as being wide traditional and religious practice in the source countries, poverty and financial gain, considering marriage as a means of protection from security problems and protection of “honour”, problems of attending education, covering up sexual abuse and lastly the aim of increase in population to compensate war losses. Finally, recommendations to improve child welfare with the focus on child rights to prevent child marriages within the refugee communities are provided drawing on the results.