Dynamic migration intentions and the impact of socio-institutional environments: A transit migration hub in Turkey
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SourceJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 39, 7, (2013), pp. 1087-1105
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Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
SubjectAnthropology and Development Studies
Transit migration is generally defined by migrants having the intention to move onwards to a third country. Based on an empirical investigation in Izmir, a transit migration hub in Turkey, this paper critically discusses intentionality as a valid dimension in conceptualisations of transit migration. The study found that migrants' intentions in this transit migration hub are highly fluctuating because of their embeddedness in socio-institutional environments, which continuously affect migrants' social capital, risk perceptions and coping strategies, causing new migration intentions to arise. The study argues that intention is a problematic criterion in conceptualising transit migration, due to a conceptual fallacy where transit migration flows are taken as the unit of analysis whereas intentions are individual attributes.
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