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.

chapter |22 pages


ByKerstin Schmidt, Mustafa Aksakal

chapter 1|14 pages

Temporary migration and related policy issues in a globalised China

ByTian Fangmeng, Hu Xiaojiang

chapter 2|18 pages

Characteristics and development impact of temporary migration

The case of India
ByS. Irudaya Rajan, Kartik Yadav

chapter 3|23 pages

Temporary migration in the Philippines

Changes and constants in this continuing saga
ByMaruja M. B. Asis, Graziano Battistella, Karen Anne S. Liao

chapter 4|21 pages

Temporary migration in Thailand

Impacts, challenges and policy implications
BySureeporn Punpuing, Sakkarin Niyomsilpa, Manasigan Kanchanachitra, Pattraporn Chuenglertsiri

chapter 5|22 pages

Transformative characteristics and developmental impacts of temporary migration to and through Turkey

Byİlke Şanlıer Yüksel, Ahmet İçduygu, Evin Millet

chapter 6|22 pages

Temporary migrants and refugees in Greece

Transformative challenges
ByKonstantinos Tsitselikis, Georgios Agelopoulos

chapter 7|22 pages

Temporary migration influence – the case of Hungary

Curbed transformation and development in a transit country
ByÁgnes Hárs

chapter 8|24 pages

Characteristics and development impact of temporary migration

The case of Ukraine
ByPetro Chorniy, Ihor Markov, Danylo Sudyn, Ganna Zaremba-Kosovych

chapter 9|24 pages

Transformative characteristics and development outcomes of temporary Asian migration to Germany

ByMustafa Aksakal, Kerstin Schmidt

chapter 10|22 pages

Temporary migration in the Netherlands

Contradictory policies and ambiguous effects
ByNatasja Reslow

chapter 11|23 pages

Characteristics and development impact of temporary migration

The case of Finland
ByMari Korpela, Jaakko Hyytiä, Pirkko Pitkänen

chapter |16 pages


Challenges and future prospects of temporary transnational migration
ByPirkko Pitkänen, Tomoko Hayakawa