Cite as: Cabot, H. and R. Lenz., 2012, "Chapter 7 Borders of (In)visibility in the Greek Aegean". In A.M. Nogués-Pedregal (ed.), Culture and Society in Tourism Contexts, 159-179. Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
The Greek Aegean islands of Crete and Lesvos are widely known as prime destinations where tourists come to enjoy the sea, sand, and sun. Yet as geopolitical borderlands of not just Greece but the European Union (EU), they are also crucial points of destination and arrival for both economic and asylum-related migrations. Just as Greece has commanded the spotlight in anxieties and debates regarding the European market (as of 2012), these islands at Europe's periphery are at the center of contestations over European sovereignty, territory, and belonging. Demarcating not just countries but continents and vastly asymmetrical zones of economic development (Lauth Bacas, 2005), the Aegean island borders disrupt also the migratory activities of persons who seek to cross these boundaries.