Temporary Migration, Transformation and Development: Evidence from Europe and Asia

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Edited by Mustafa Aksakal, Ph.D. 2003.

In a world grappling with refugee crisis, political unrest and economies on the verge of collapse, temporary migration has become an increasingly common phenomenon.

This volume presents a comprehensive picture of the transformative and development potential of temporary transnational migration in political, legal, economic, social and cultural aspects.

This book:

  • analyses how temporary migration is distinct from more permanent and circular forms of migration;
  • brings together case studies from five Asian countries (China, India, the Philippines, Thailand and Turkey) and six European countries (Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands and Ukraine);
  • is based on exhaustive interviews of over 800 migrants, returnees and migrants’ family members, along with about 300 field experts, politicians, authorities and actors in civil society;
  • illustrates the diverse nature of temporary migration, the continuing globalisation of the labour market and the interrelated changes to immigration, integration and emigration policies on local, national and international scales.

This volume will be indispensable to scholars and researchers of development studies, international politics, international relations, migration and diaspora studies, public policy, sociology and social anthropology. It will also be of importance to government think tanks and non-governmental organisations working in these areas.


Introduction / Kerstin Schmidt and Mustafa Aksakal -- Temporary migration and related policy issues in a globalised China / Tian Fangmeng and Hu XiaoJiang -- Characteristics and development impact of temporary migration: the case of India / S. Irudaya Rajan and Kartik Yadav -- Temporary migration in the Philippines: changes and constants in this continuing saga / Maruja M.B. Asis, Graziano Battistella and Karen Anne S. Liao -- Temporary migration in Thailand: impacts, challenges and policy implications / Sureeporn Punpuing, Sakkarin Niyomsilpa, Manasigan Kanchanachitra and Pattraporn Chuenglertsiri -- Transformative characteristics and developmental impacts of temporary migration to and through Turkey / Ilke Şanlier Yüksel, Ahmet Içduygu and Evin Millet -- Temporary migrants and refugees in Greece: transformative challenges / Konstantinos Tsitselikis and Georgios Agelopoulos -- Temporary migration influence -- the case of Hungary: curbed transformation and development in a transit country / Ágnes Hárs -- Characteristics and development impact of temporary migration: the case of Ukraine / Petro Chorniy, Ihor Markov, Svitlana Odynets, Danylo Sudyn and Ganna Zaremba-Kosovych -- Transformative characteristics and development outcomes of temporary Asian migration to Germany / Mustafa Aksakal and Kerstin Schmidt -- Temporary migration in the Netherlands: contradictory policies and ambiguous effects / Natasja Reslow -- Characteristics and development impact of temporary migration: the case of Finland / Mari Korpela, Jaakko Hyytiä and Pirkko Pitkänen -- Conclusion : Challenges and future prospects of temporary transnational migration / Pirkko Pitkänen and Tomoko Hayakawa.

Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
London and New York
Coth: 9781138561281; eBook 9780429244346