“Temporal Horizons and Partial Integration: The Incorporation of Syrian Refugee Healthcare Professionals in Istanbul” (Dr. Souad Osseiran, Sabancı University)
With the forecasted long-term presence of Syrian refugees, the Turkish government launched projects to formally integrate Syrian teachers and healthcare professionals into their respective domains. In 2016, the Turkish Ministry of Health and WHO launched a project to train Syrian healthcare professionals in Turkey to enable them to work in state run Migrant Health Centers (MHCs). It is the Turkish government’s first initiative of this kind to incorporate refugee healthcare professionals as it involved creating a new fast-track pathway to enable the hiring of these professionals. This talk is based on a research on the experiences of Syrian healthcare professionals employed in MHCs across Istanbul. The MHCs and the fast-track system implemented create particular temporal horizons and ambiguities at the intersection of time and labor.