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Turkey is the one of the country hosting a large number of refugees and asylum seekers as stated in UNCHR. In Turkish context is seen that there have been a broad studies about Syrian immigrants. On the contrary, it can be said that there is a lack in studies about Iranian refugees and asylum seekers even there has been a dramatic increase due to the rigid and restrictive system of governance in Iran. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate Iranian pupils’ experiences at a primary school in order to draw the picture of their lives in Turkish schools. To this view, this study designed according to a case study method following qualitative approach. The data was gathered from three pupils, three parents and three teachers with semi-structured interview forms. The results indicated that Iranian pupils’ experiences grouped under themes like adaptation to new temporary world, tension resulting from moving to a new place and incompetence in language. It is seen that pupils had difficulties at the beginning and are worried about possible religion conflicts in Turkey. The results suggested that teachers need training courses regarding multicultural education in order to support Iranian pupils’ learning process.


Iranian pupil, onward migrant, Turkish school, case study, pupils’ experiences


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