Document Type : Case Study


International University of Sarajevo (IUS), Bosnia and Herzegovina


This study aims to provide a personal, reflective look at the experiences of migration, citizenship, and naturalization in Bosnia and Herzegovina, using an autoethnographic investigation. There is limited literature, particularly in relation to individual experiences in the country, so this study seeks to fill that gap and provide insight into the region. The research aims to answer these questions: What prompts a skilled Turkish migrant to pursue citizenship? What difficulties and opportunities arise during the citizenship application process? How does the naturalization and citizenship journey affect the cultural linguacultural concepts, experiences, identities, and aspirations of a Turkish skilled female migrant? The results highlight the cultural aspect and difficulties associated with navigating bureaucratic procedures. It is most notable that the application process for citizenship reinforced patriarchal hierarchies and male dominance at the macro level, as well as linguistic and cultural concepts and male dominance at the micro level for the author.