Transit migration

A contested concept

Authored by: Angeliki Dimitriadi

Routledge Handbook of Immigration and Refugee Studies

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138794313
eBook ISBN: 9781315759302
Adobe ISBN: 9781317638773


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Yazr arrived in Greece for the first time in 2006. She spent 6 years attempting to cross to other EU member states, twice succeeding in reaching Norway and Sweden respectively; both times, she was returned to Greece under the Dublin II mechanism. In 2012, she undertook the third and final attempt to leave for Sweden; this time she succeeded. Her story is not unique. Migrants and asylum seekers arrive in countries such as Mexico, Turkey, Iran, Libya, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Indonesia and Malaysia, to name a few, awaiting the opportunity to cross to the US, the EU and Australia respectively. They are identified as transit migrants, crossing through geographical sites that function as steps along the way, often stopping for unknown lengths of time due to various personal and/or structural factors.

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