Millions of asylum seekers and migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia pass through Turkey, in hopes of new lives in Europe. The Syrian civil war has led to more than 3 million new refugees fleeing the conflict next door – which has overwhelmed the country’s ability to cope with the continuous flow of migrants fleeing chaos or repression from other nearby countries.

Turkey and the EU have streamlined a process to help Syrian refugees, but others passing through Turkey aren’t so lucky. This project is about the other refugees — people from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and throughout Africa — who have fled war and repression, but are often caught in limbo.

A team of International Reporting fellows, in partnership with journalists in Turkey, spent eight months researching and reporting this complex issue, and did fieldwork throughout Turkey.

Stuck follows the journeys of migrants throughout Turkey’s two-tiered immigration process, and shows the labyrinthine system than non-Syrians face as they try to start new lives in Europe.


Sophie Gray
Sophie GrayFellow
Alexander Kim
Alexander KimFellow
Emma Loy
Emma LoyFellow
Holly McKenzie-Sutter
Holly McKenzie-SutterFellow
Alexander Migdal
Alex MigdalFellow
Sharon Nadeem
Sharon NadeemFellow
Andrew Seal
Andrew SealFellow
Aryn Strickland
Aryn StricklandFellow

Production Team

Peter Klein
Peter Klein
Kathryn Gretsinger
Kathryn Gretsinger
Saranaz Barforoush
Saranaz Barforoush
Dan McKinney
Dan McKinney
Britney Dennison
Britney Dennison
David Murawsky
David Murawsky
Zak Vescera
Zak Vescera
Andrew Munroe
Andrew Munroe


Alaz Ada
Alaz AdaPartner
Zalala Ali
Zalala AliPartner
Berat Berberoglu
Berat BerberogluPartner
Ruhullah Khapalwak
Ruhullah KhapalwakPartner
Fattah Lemar Rabiei
Fattah Lemar RabieiPartner
Dosina Ramadan
Dosina RamadanPartner
Yıldız Yazıcıoğlu
Yıldız YazıcıoğluPartner