1st Edition

Temporary Migration Category of Analysis or Category of Practice?

Edited By Anna Triandafyllidou Copyright 2025
    128 Pages
    by Routledge

    Temporariness has become an increasingly salient feature in international migration that presents itself as fragmented, non-linear, including different intermediate stops and multiple returns and new departures. This book proposes a new analytical framework that brings together the role of policies defining migrants as temporary and the role of migrant’s own agency in perceiving their migration project as temporary or permanent. The proposed analytical framework is conceived taking into account both low-skill and high-skilled, legal and irregular migratory flows, and also different visa and citizenship regimes. The aim of this book is to highlight the interplay between the lived reality and the policy and legal concepts on temporary migration and point out to the tensions and contradictions inherent in the latter. Contributions to this book cover different country cases including Canada, Australia, Nepal, Taiwan and Germany, Italy, Russia, and several former Soviet Republics as well as a variety of sectors ranging from opera singers to construction and domestic workers.

    This book will be a key resource for academics, researchers, and advanced students of sociology, politics, law, migration studies, and ethnic and racial studies. It was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

    Introduction – Temporary migration: category of analysis or category of practice?

    Anna Triandafyllidou


    1. Temporariness management by elite migrant-artists

    Irina Isaakyan


    2. Forced, regulated and flexible temporariness in return migration

    Katie Kuschminder


    3. Dilemmas around temporariness and transnational recruitment agencies: the case of migrant caregivers in Taiwan and Germany

    Sabrina Marchetti, Giulia Garofalo Geymonat and Anna Di Bartolomeo


    4.Temporary labour migration in South Asia: Nepal and its fragmented labour migration sector

    Richa Shivakoti


    5.Temporariness and the production of policy categories in Canada

    Marshia Akbar


    6. Regulating migrant worker temporariness in Australia: the role of immigration, employment and post-arrival support policies

    Chris F. Wright, Dimitria Groutsis and Annika Kaabel




    Anna Triandafyllidou holds the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration, at Toronto Metropolitan University. Prior to joining TMU in 2019, she held a Robert Schuman Chair at the European University Institute, in Florence, Italy. She is the Editor of the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies. In 2021, the University of Liège awarded Triandafyllidou a doctorate honoris causa in recognition of her contribution to migration scholarship. She has published widely on migration governance and migrant integration.