Focusing on Turkey with bibliographical enlargements over Iran, Central Eurasia and continental China (enlargements unfortunately limited to a selection of references in French language), this synthetic paper skims through the recent history and present state of international migrations in this part of the world.  The author’s insistence on the complex typology of migration phenomena in the area comprised between Turkey and Manchuria qualifies his considerations over the inner coherence of this very large space, of which the only common characteristic, as far as modern history is concerned, seems to be its trans-historical role as a provider of emigration waves.  (The notion of ‘diaspora’ should be used with more carefulness.)  Inner migrations that are a key feature of Central Eurasian countries and regions through the twentieth century are obliterated in the present study.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-2.1-121