Cite as: Agelopoulos G., Kapetanaki E., & K. Kousaxidis, 2018, "Transit migrants in a country undergoing transition: The case of Greece", in Pitkänen P., Korpela M., Aksakal M. & K. Schmidt (eds) Characteristics of Temporary Migration in European-Asian Transnational Social Spaces. International Perspectives on Migration, vol 14. Springer, Cham.
Understanding the migration processes in the Mediterranean context requires taking into account the massive population movements after the collapse of empires in the early twentieth century, the post-WWII migration from Southern to Northern Europe, the migrant flows created by the political upheavals in Eastern Europe in 1989 and the recent refugee influx from Asian and North African countries. This chapter provides empirical insight into the prevailing situation of temporary migration between Greece and Asian countries. We present an analysis of the politico-legal, socio-economic and sociocultural aspects of this migration process. We argue that in a country where the labour market lacks permanent employment opportunities and where there are rapid political changes, the integration of immigrants into a state of temporariness reaches extremes.
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