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Temporary Migration, Transformation and Development
Evidence from Europe and Asia

ISBN 9781138561281
Published March 29, 2019 by Routledge India
280 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


Kerstin Schmidt and Mustafa Aksakal


1. Temporary Migration and Related Policy Issues in a Globalised China

Tian Fangmeng and Hu Xiaojiang

2. Characteristics and Development Impact of Temporary Migration: The Case of India

S. Irudaya Rajan and Kartik Yadav

3. Temporary Migration in the Philippines: Changes and Constants in This Continuing Saga

Maruja M. B. Asis, Graziano Battistella and Karen Anne S. Liao

4. Temporary Migration in Thailand: Impacts, Challenges and Policy Implications

Sureeporn Punpuing, Sakkarin Niyomsilpa, Manasigan Kanchanachitra and Pattraporn Chuenglertsiri

5. Transformative Characteristics and Developmental Impacts of Temporary Migration to and through Turkey

İlke Şanlıer Yüksel, Ahmet İçduygu and Evin Millet

6. Temporary Migrants and Refugees in Greece: Transformative Challenges

Konstantinos Tsitselikis and Georgios Agelopoulos

7. Temporary Migration Influence – The Case of Hungary: Curbed Transformation and Development in a Transit Country

Ágnes Hárs

8. Characteristics and Development Impact of Temporary Migration: The Case of Ukraine

Petro Chorniy, Ihor Markov, Svitlana Odynets, Danylo Sudyn and Ganna Zaremba-Kosovych

9. Transformative Characteristics and Development Outcomes of Temporary Asian Migration to Germany

Mustafa Aksakal and Kerstin Schmidt

10. Temporary Migration in the Netherlands: Contradictory Policies and Ambiguous Effects

Natasja Reslow

11. 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

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Pirkko Pitkänen is Professor of Educational Policy and Multicultural Education and Research Manager of the Research Centre on Transnationalism and Transformation (TRANSIT) at the University of Tampere, Finland.

Tomoko Hayakawa is a researcher at the University of Tampere, Finland. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from University College London, UK.

Kerstin Schmidt is a senior researcher at the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University, Germany.

Mustafa Aksakal is a senior researcher at Bielefeld University, Germany.

S. Irudaya Rajan is Professor at the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, India.